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H.R. 6124 (112th): Families Flying Together Act of 2012

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 12, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO



2d Session

H. R. 6124


July 12, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations with respect to ensuring families are able to sit together on flights, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Families Flying Together Act of 2012.


Seating families together on flights


In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall issue regulations directing each air carrier to—


establish a policy to ensure, to the extent practicable, that a family that purchases tickets for a flight with that air carrier is seated together during that flight; and


make the policy described in paragraph (1) available to the public on an appropriate Internet Web site of the air carrier.



In this section, the following definitions apply:


Air carrier

The term air carrier has the meaning given that term in section 40102(a) of title 49, United States Code.



The term family means a grouping of individuals that includes, at a minimum—


a child who is 12 years of age or younger; and


an individual who is—


18 years of age or older; and


responsible for accompanying that child, including a parent or legal guardian of that child.