How to Tell a Dumb Airline Fee From an Immoral One

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    Why should families get special treatment for free? One could also argue that checked bag fees are immoral because passengers should be able to wear clean clothes or students should be able to bring books with them. Food fees are immoral because people with certain health conditions must eat regularly. Y+ fees are immoral because tall people need space to stretch. FC or extra seat charges are immoral because we shouldn't discriminate against fat people, some of whom are obese due to a medical condition, etc.
     
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    You want a service, you pay for it. If they didn't have preferred seating fees, then the base fare would be higher and people would whine about that.
     
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    What many forget the same people who don't understand now, are the same people who would scream the loudest when they would have kids in the first place and let's face it, everyone was a kid and was happy to fly with mom and dad seating together and get the service they deserve without thinking about money too often, only greedy folks do and this is what our world has become, happy times? The people must decide!
     
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    The complainers regarding preferred seating always seem to overlook the benefit that its existence provides to the airline's "best" customers - elite frequent flyers. Their existence is as much about making sure frequent customers buying tickets close to departure don't get stuck with terrible seats, but can rather select from preferred seats. In many cases, seats were blocked for elites but not available for sale (although this is changing). Nonelites in some cases get more access to seating via paid preferred seats, but complain because they now see that the seats are open and available for a price, rather than blocked off. High load factors of course amplify everything.

    It's always the big airline out to screw the families.
     
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    I'd like to note that having kids sit separately from parents would be a bigger nuisance to more people on the flight than if one "premium" cattle class seat became unavailable. So even the "pragmatic" response that everyone should pay for the service equally is just hot air.
     
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    If having kids sit separately is a nuisance, then impose a fee for it. When parents aren't on board in the same cabin, it's the UM fee. Maybe half of that would appropriate.
     
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    Yep. What is a passenger to do with an unruly kid? Search through the cabin to try and locate a parent? Have them come to the child's seat and tell the kid to stop kicking the seat and screaming?
     
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    So you are saying, charge extra for simply having kids on the plane, whether sitting together or separately. I see that you are in favor of population control down to minutiae ;)
     
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    Maybe block off the back handful of rows for families, have a flag in the system to put families together in gate-assigned seats, or have a discount to put a kid next to a parent. The main issue is that planes are full, not that airlines are reserving seats for elites and people who will pay.

    There's a fine line between treating families/kids with courtesy and consideration, and families taking a DYKWIA attitude of entitlement.
    That's a ridiculous and meritless argument.
     
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