Congressmen Cohen and Garcia and Senator Markey Lead Letter Condemning Frontier “More Room” Seat Pricing Policy

May 6, 2020
Press Release
Ask airline to reconsider “misguided policy” to charge a fee for a safety precaution

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04), both members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee, and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts, a member of the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation, today wrote to Frontier Airlines President and CEO Barry L. Biffle, asking him to reconsider charging a fee to passengers seeking to comply with healthy social distancing practices on flights.

Frontier announced this week that it will charge between $39 and $89 for passengers who don’t want to be seated adjacent to a “middle seat” passenger.

The letter reads in part:

“Frontier’s plan to charge customers a fee from $39 to $89, in addition to the passenger’s ticket and other ancillary fees charged by Frontier, for appropriate space given the spread of the coronavirus is shocking. The flying public should not be charged to stay healthy on flights… Unfortunately, no matter how you configure seating, social distancing at six feet on an airplane is difficult. The flying public should not be penalized with an additional ancillary fee to practice social distancing and protect its health and safety.”

See the entire letter here.

Congressman Cohen wrote health, aviation and airline officials last week asking them to require both passengers and crews wear face masks on flights. By the end of the week, most airlines had adopted the policy. See a release on those developments here.

Congressmen Cohen and Garcia and Senator Markey introduced the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act in November. The bill would prohibit airlines from charging cancellation, change, baggage and other fees that are not reasonable and proportional to the cost of the services provided. See Congressman Cohen’s release on that measure here.