DenverTed
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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Mon May 27, 2019 6:17 pm

Since the general unaccompanied minor policy is that five year olds and older can travel alone, I think the FAA should mandate that anyone 4 and under must be seated next to their 16 and over travel companion, however the airlines accomplish that is their business. Beyond that, in what cases would the airlines be responsible that two people who booked seats together were guaranteed that?
 
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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Mon May 27, 2019 6:21 pm

DenverTed wrote:
Since the general unaccompanied minor policy is that five year olds and older can travel alone, I think the FAA should mandate that anyone 4 and under must be seated next to their 16 and over travel companion, however the airlines accomplish that is their business. Beyond that, in what cases would the airlines be responsible that two people who booked seats together were guaranteed that?


Still, let's be realistic, a 6 year old is incapable of evacuating an aircraft without an adult present and assisting.
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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Mon May 27, 2019 10:44 pm

Antarius wrote:
They dont keep the fee. You get a refund.


Do they? Because I distinctly recall reading in the conditions of carriage of several airlines that seat selection fees are non-refundable.
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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Mon May 27, 2019 10:58 pm

Antarius wrote:
DenverTed wrote:
Since the general unaccompanied minor policy is that five year olds and older can travel alone, I think the FAA should mandate that anyone 4 and under must be seated next to their 16 and over travel companion, however the airlines accomplish that is their business. Beyond that, in what cases would the airlines be responsible that two people who booked seats together were guaranteed that?


Still, let's be realistic, a 6 year old is incapable of evacuating an aircraft without an adult present and assisting.

Not mine. He has learning disabilities and is deaf in one ear. He might get out okay but then run into danger outside. Even your standard 6 year old walks into traffic without looking sometimes. They just aren’t self aware enough yet to fend for themselves.
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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Tue May 28, 2019 2:18 am

I can't speak to what happened in this news worthy event, but I CAN tell you that the same thing happened to me and my family in 2014. We were booked on IAH-LHR on UA. I was a UA 1k (still am) and we had 4 seats together in E+ for months before the flight.

Except within 24 hours before the flight, UA changed the scheduled 763 to one that was configured in the old pmUA config and split all 4 of us up all over the aircraft. With me were my wife, then 5 year old and then 8 year old.

After every GA, TA and phone agent refused to help, I eventually negotiated with other pax so that we could at least have 2 of us in one part of the plane and the other 2 in a different part of the plane.

No apologies from UA, no goodwill gesture, nothing. All they did is to call up 2 pax via PA so I could talk to them before getting on board.

This stuff does really happen and to some of us that spend a significant amount of money on UA to boot.



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Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Wed May 29, 2019 7:30 pm

TheFlyingDisk wrote:
Antarius wrote:
They dont keep the fee. You get a refund.


Do they? Because I distinctly recall reading in the conditions of carriage of several airlines that seat selection fees are non-refundable.


Depends on the air carrier--I've personally oversaw refunding of previously paid pre-selected seats even though the pax were themselves late for showing up for their originally scheduled flight...

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