The Washington Post has reported that multiple laws were passed by the FAA, some of which included a change to baggage fees, but the biggest win was for parents. The new law would require airlines to allow children under age 13 “to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13” without any additional fees. This, of course, does not apply to parents that purchase a first class seat for themselves and a regular class seat for the kids. But it would avoid having to pay the additional fee that airlines require if you want to ensure your seats are assigned in advance. Yay!
The new bills also calls for expedited screening. Congress is asking TSA to shorten lines; this will be implemented via easier PreCheck enrollment programs, which will be offered via secure online and mobile options. It will also be offered via kiosks and other mobile platforms for additional flexibility.
The bill also is requiring TSA to keep PreCheck lines available during peak and high traffic times. There is also a request to offer every effort possible to provided expedited screening on standard lines.
Another area of the new bills requires airlines to refund baggage fees when the baggage is delivered later than 12 hours after a domestic flight or 15 hours for an international flight.