Have you ever had problems getting seats together when travelling with your children?
Budget airlines have attracted criticism in the past for charging families extra if they wish to sit together, and now a father of two has hit the headlines for taking Ryanair to task over the issue.
Chris Parr booked a Ryanair flight home to Liverpool from a family holiday to Faro but discovered a few days before the flight that his little girl, aged three, hadn't been allocated a seat near her parents. He tweeted the airline about it but had no joy in getting them to change the seating allocation.
The Daily Mail reports:
"The budget airline said there was nothing they could do to help Chris and Kim Parr after splitting-up their booking so their daughter Lily was sat by herself for the Faro to Liverpool flight - because they hadn't forked out extra to reserve specific seats. Staff at the notoriously no-frills carrier insisted that the Chorley family's seats couldn't be moved without policeman Chris and solicitor wife Kim stumping up an additional fee."
In the end, kindhearted passengers on the flight agreed to swap seats with Chris' wife so that she could sit with their daughter. But the father feels strongly that this amounts to a tax on families, and that airlines shouldn't effectively charge families extra to guarantee seats together. He also questioned the sense in permitting a three year old to sit with strangers during a flight, and queried who would attend to her in the event of an emergency on board the aircraft.
We'd love to hear your experiences on this issue. Have you ever been seated separately from your children on a flight? Do you resent having to pay extra to ensure that you can sit next to your children?