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Airlines' New Polar Vortex Problem: Angry Parents

On a list of potential baby sitters, strangers on a cross-country flight don’t rank high (though they are free). Still, a lot of parents the past few weeks were left with no other choice. As the polar vortex storms stranded travelers, fliers are complaining about being rebooked in seats separate from their children.

Early this month, Lauren Frasca and her husband, Michael Kleiman, were fairly pleased when, to avoid inclement weather, they were rebooked on a United flight from Los Angeles to New York that was not scheduled to fly into a snowstorm. They were less pleased when they saw that their three tickets—including one for their 20-month-old son, Dexter, and his car seat—were for three separate middle-row seats.