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Consumer Reports letter to House Transportation Committee, DOT reply to family seating Freedom of Information Act request

SUMMARY: Consumer Reports wrote to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure alerting the Committee to information CR had received from the Department of Transportation in reply to a September 2018 Freedom of Information Act request. The request asked for information regarding its implementation of the Congressional mandate to evaluate airline policies regarding ensuring that young children sit with a family member on commercial fights and determine if a rulemaking is warranted. Two years had passed without indication of any DOT action. Family seating is a safety issue, and consumer complaints have increased in recent years about young children being unable to sit with their families on flights and being exposed to anxiety and risk, including risk of sexual assault. The FOIA revealed that DOT had taken no action to require airlines to address this problem and that children as young as two years old continue to be seated separated from family members.