Sen. Charles Schumer is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra.
The New York Democrat is reacting to an Associated Press story last week. The story told how families this summer will find it harder to sit together without paying added fees.
Those fees charged by Fort Worth-based American Airlines and other carriers could add up to hundreds of dollars over the original ticket price.
In a statement, Schumer said: "Children need access to their parents, and parents need access to their children. Unnecessary airline fees shouldn't serve as a literal barrier between mother and child."