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Schumer and Airline Hikes

Schumer and Airplanes

ALBANY (WENY)---Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year and One New York Democrat is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra.

Last week on Good Morning Twin Tiers, we told you about new summer airline fees for families who want to sit together on flights.

Now, Senator Chuck Schumer is speaking out against the fare hikes that can add up to hundreds of dollars over the original ticket price.

Schumer is asking Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to issue rules preventing airlines from charging parents more to sit next to kids.

Schumer says children and parents need access to each other.

He says, "Today I am calling on the major airlines to let families with children sit together in consecutive seats without having ot pay for a premium and i'm also askign the us department of transportation to implement rules for children to sit next to them during a flight."

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines have increased the percent of seats they set aside for elite frequent fliers or customers willing to pay extra. Fees for the seats vary, but typically cost $25 extra, each way.