This is getting a bit ridiculous.
An upset father says DL assigned his 4 yr. old daughter a seat 11 rows away
from his own on a recent flight, and then asked him to pay $88 if he wanted the
family to sit closer.
reports that Frank Strong couldn't find 2 adjacent seats online during the
booking process, but a ticket agent said he and his daughter could sit together
in Economy Plus for the extra fee. Strong was told to ask the gate agent to
make the switch for free, but the dad worried the issue would not be resolved,
so he chose the path of least resistance, he wrote on his blog.
"Faced with a dilemma of
handing over ransom money to Delta in exchange for certainty, or taking a risk
that an agent might fix the problem at the gate, I opted to pay," Strong
wrote. "No parent holds a higher responsibility — or more deeply visceral
instinct — than keeping their child or children safe. That's hard to accomplish
11 rows away when the fasten seat belt sign is glowing."
Strong notes that once he boarded
the flight, he discovered there were lots of empty seats on the plane so he
feels the situation should never have happened. He thinks there should be a law
that prohibits an airline from separating a child and a guardian in seat