Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt sent a note to all of the major airlines operating in the country recently, asking them to tackle a problem that concerns families that take to the skies.
Several families have lodged complaints after their family members were not automatically seated next to one another on a flight.
Raitt notes that families being scattered throughout a plane can make things challenging when embarking on air travel.
She pointed out in a follow-up note that the government has no plans on mandating that families be seated together, but wants airlines to find an “industry-led solution.”
A complaint last year, leveled at six airlines, argued that not seating families together is unreasonable and discriminatory, an allegation that the Canadian Transport Agency ruled against.
Do you think priority seating for families should be made mandatory and free? Have you ever given up your seat to a family seeking to fly together? Do you have any sympathy for a family unit broken up and scattered across a plane?
All airlines offer you the ability to choose your own seat when purchasing tickets, for an extra fee of course. Is it your own, cheap fault for leaving seat selection up to chance when you arrive at the airport to pick up your tickets?
Read the whole story HERE in the Globe & Mail.