Petition Asks Airlines to Seat Families Together Without Making Them Pay for the Privilege

Letting parents sit with their children on flights would seem to be common sense and, you know, the right thing to do, but that’s never been a reason for airlines to do anything.

See also: why they seat people in the front and with aisle seats before the rest of us schleps just because of some imagined “status.”

Planes should be boarded back to front, window to aisle, and I will die on this hill.

Anyway. Apparently some people out there agree with me, because there’s an actual petition to ask airlines to let families sit together without paying yet another fee.

The petition, started by Consumer Reports, applies to families traveling with kids under 13 and sent letters to the heads of Delta, United, and American asking them to institute these new policies.

More than 120,000 people have signed the petition, arguing that seating children away from their parents presents security concerns, should there be an emergency, as well as inappropriate burdens on customers who end up sitting next to an unaccompanied child.

In the letters, they also pointed out that sexual assault could also be a concern, but there are also many others.

“The FBI has reported on increases in sexual assaults in commercial travel. Also, emergency procedures and evacuations will certainly be slowed and compromised by anxious parents and children who are far apart from each other on the plane.”

Consumer Reports also shared the letters ahead of Tuesday’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing, which could decide to seat children younger than 13 with their parent or guardian at no additional cost. This would not mean airlines would have to upgrade anyone’s seating.

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136 consumer complaints were forwarded by the Department of Transportation, which may not be enough to get the attention the organization was hoping for, but American Airlines told the website Romper that they are working on a family seating process.

“For families traveling with a child under the age of 15 who don’t have a seat assignment, our system will work to seat the child with an adult in the reservation starting 48 hours after the reservation is ticketed. This ensures the child will not be assigned a seat alone. In addition, we block seats on flights for airport control. This enables our airport team members to move people around, as needed, at the gate. This is helpful in case families book at the last minute, rebooking due to irregular operations, etc.”

Delta had a more vague reply, stating that they “work with customers on a case-by-case basis to ensure their travel needs are met,” and United declined to reply with a comment.

In the end, the airlines don’t need the government’s approval to do the right thing.

“The airlines can fix this problem without government intervention. Ensuring that children are always seated with their parents regardless of the ticket purchased would improve safety and security for all travelers while easing the minds of families.”

Of course, we all know that sometimes big corporations have trouble doing the right thing until their hands are forced, but however this happens, I hope the changes are made soon.

Have you had a bad experience trying to sit with your children on a flight? We want to hear about it in the comments!

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People Shared the Most Interesting Random Facts They Know

Twitter can be a real cesspool of terrible news sometimes, but once in a while it really gives us a great thread full of great information.

And this thread is a great example!

This tweet got the ball rolling.

And then the responses poured in. Here are 13 of the best.

1. They are cute, though.

2. Think about that one…

3. Just for you.

4. I’m not trying to kill you.

5. Elvis will never die!

6. Wooly males.

7. Just in case.

8. Times have changed.

9. Who will be the winner?

10. That is mindblowing.

11. Mystery flavors.

12. Isn’t that something?

13. This changes my entire childhood!


Those are great! I feel like I learned something today!

Okay, now it’s your turn, our dear readers. What is the most random, most interesting fact that you know?

Let us know in the comments. Please and thank you!

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Check Out These Very Weird Product Reviews

It amazes me when people leave really ridiculous reviews on all kinds of products and businesses.

Especially when they’ve never even used it/been there before…

Bottom line: people have way too much time on their hands.

1. Mixed messages.

Review for a pair of shoes online, still not sure if I should get them from oldpeoplefacebook

2. Three very good ones.

Great review from oldpeoplefacebook

3. They’ll get right on that.

Lady trying to cancel her account through a review. from oldpeoplefacebook

4. Thanks for your input.

Found this golden review from oldpeoplefacebook

5. Very thorough.

I found this whilst looking at reviews for a bed website. from oldpeoplefacebook

6. Fantasting!

I rate this place 1 star, it was fantasting. from oldpeoplefacebook

7. …but decided to write a review anyway.

Helpful review from oldpeoplefacebook

8. Kathleen really nailed it.

Thanks Kathleen. You’ve been very helpful. from oldpeoplefacebook

9. Fryer review.

Grandpa reviews a fryer from oldpeoplefacebook

10. Thanks, MawMaw.

My grandmother‘s review on my sister’s LinkedIn from oldpeoplefacebook

11. Whoops.

On a review of an eye doctor’s office from oldpeoplefacebook

12. Reviewed a prison…

Grandma Patsy reviews prison on Google from oldpeoplefacebook

13. Totally neutral.

(Google) My 1-star rating is absolutely neutral from oldpeoplefacebook

14. Not gonna do this anymore!

1 star: "Read it yourself" from oldpeoplefacebook

15. These are wonderful, especially the last one.

These 1-Star Reviews for a Theme Park from oldpeoplefacebook

People continue to amaze me!

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You Can Now Search 60 Years Worth Of U.F.O. Reports Online From the U.K.

If you’re reading this in the U.S. and you think that Area 51 is the be all end all of alien mysteries the world over, well, the United Kingdom would like everyone in New Mexico to hold their beer.

And if you want more proof and less secrecy well, they’ve got that, too – 60 years of reports of Unidentified Flying Objects are now available for your perusal online.

Live Science reports that the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence is sharing formerly classified documents with the public for the first time, proving once and for all that the Brits have been just as obsessed about possible alien life as anyone else for a very long time.

Even legendary pragmatist Winston Churchill wanted in on the action, writing to his air minister in 1952 “what does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?”

The excitement surrounding the topic led to a flood of new reports, all dutifully catalogued by the Ministry of Defence. None of the sightings were ever deemed credible (according to the government, do with that what you will), though the Ministry continued to investigate the reports into late 2000s.

Now, very soon, you’ll be able to peruse every reported sighting from that 60-year period on gov.uk.

The reason? A request filed by a British news agency under the Freedom of Information Act.

A few reports have been published already include sightings of “a diamond-shaped red light,” “15 fireballs in the sky,” and “three blazing gold orbs.”

The Ministry of Defence, like all official government outfits, stated that it “has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra terrestrial life.”

Like the rest of us have been doing for decades, we’ll just have to read the reports and decide for ourselves.

The truth is out there – now, officially, on the internet.

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A Mom’s Video About her Bullied Son Went Viral. The Internet Shows Their Support and Will Send Him To Disneyland.

Social media gets a bad rap sometimes, but sometimes it can help create some truly life-changing moments.

Take the story of young Quaden Bayles, for example. The 9-year-old boy was born with a form of Dwarfism called Achondroplasia and his mother, Yarraka Bayles, recently shared a distressing video of her unconsolable son reacting to being bullied at his school in Australia.  In it, the young boy talks about killing himself because he is so upset.

This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭

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The video went viral in a massive way and has touched people around the globe.

Quaden said about his story,

“The parents should make them be nicer to kids with disabilities.

If you get bullied stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say.”

His mother wrote in a statement,

“Quaden Bayles’ family would like to take this time firstly to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of love and support from so many people from all around the world.”

A comedian with Dwarfism named Brad Williams was so touched by the video that he set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 to send Quaden to Disneyland.

As of today, he’s raised almost $275,000!

The money that isn’t spent on flying Quaden and his mother to the U.S. will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.

A bunch of other celebrities have stepped up to support Quaden as well on social media, including one of Australia’s most famous sons, Mr. Hugh Jackman.

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of ‘The Walking Dead’ also showed his support.

Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter tweeted his love too!

And the National Rugby League Indigenous All Stars asked Quaden to lead them out onto the field for their match this weekend.

 

Don’t you love it when social media is used for good?

Keep your head up Quaden, and don’t ever let anyone out there make you feel like you don’t deserve the absolute best in life!

And kudos to all the celebrities (especially Brad Williams) who brought attention to this important story. Good work all around, humans!

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A Mom’s Video About her Bullied Son Went Viral. The Internet Shows Their Support and Will Send Him To Disneyland.

Social media gets a bad rap sometimes, but sometimes it can help create some truly life-changing moments.

Take the story of young Quaden Bayles, for example. The 9-year-old boy was born with a form of Dwarfism called Achondroplasia and his mother, Yarraka Bayles, recently shared a distressing video of her unconsolable son reacting to being bullied at his school in Australia.  In it, the young boy talks about killing himself because he is so upset.

This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭

Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The video went viral in a massive way and has touched people around the globe.

Quaden said about his story,

“The parents should make them be nicer to kids with disabilities.

If you get bullied stand up for yourself and don’t listen to what they say.”

His mother wrote in a statement,

“Quaden Bayles’ family would like to take this time firstly to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of love and support from so many people from all around the world.”

A comedian with Dwarfism named Brad Williams was so touched by the video that he set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 to send Quaden to Disneyland.

As of today, he’s raised almost $275,000!

The money that isn’t spent on flying Quaden and his mother to the U.S. will be donated to anti-bullying and anti-abuse charities.

A bunch of other celebrities have stepped up to support Quaden as well on social media, including one of Australia’s most famous sons, Mr. Hugh Jackman.

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan of ‘The Walking Dead’ also showed his support.

Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter tweeted his love too!

And the National Rugby League Indigenous All Stars asked Quaden to lead them out onto the field for their match this weekend.

 

Don’t you love it when social media is used for good?

Keep your head up Quaden, and don’t ever let anyone out there make you feel like you don’t deserve the absolute best in life!

And kudos to all the celebrities (especially Brad Williams) who brought attention to this important story. Good work all around, humans!

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Discover How Long It Takes to Double Your Investments by Using the Rule of 72

For young workers, a paycheck and maybe even health insurance benefits are the primary reasons to get a job. But that paycheck will only take you so far if you aren’t smart about utilizing it to build more capital for the future.

Of course, investing is such a broad term that involves its own set of vocabulary that many of us simply aren’t taught in high school or college.

However, even if you’re new to the savings and investing game, it’s important that you know about how to double your money with the Rule of 72.

So what exactly is the magic behind the number 72?

By dividing the number 72 by the interest rate of your return, you can calculate the number of years it will take to double your investment.

This applies to all your financial accounts, including savings, money market accounts, index and mutual funds.

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Lifehacker writer Nicole Dieker utilized her personal financial figures to illustrate just how the formula works.

Dieker’s Capital One 360 savings account earns an interest rate of 0.63 percent. By dividing 72 by that paltry figure, it would take Dieker 114 years to double her money.

At least her Vanguard investment accounts are in better shape, as they earn an average rate of return of 10.3 percent. In that case, it would only take Dieker seven years to double her money.

Financial tips like the Rule of 72 can be critically helpful for novice investors like myself. Delving into the world of stocks, mutual funds, cryptocurrency and everything in between can be daunting for those without a strong financial background.

When it comes to the Rule of 72, percentage points matter. So take the time and do your homework on potential investments before you fully commit.

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Enjoy These Funny Tweets About American Food

You have to admit that the food in America is…kind of extreme. Especially if you’re from another country. Those folks don’t know what they’re in for a lot of the time when they step foot onto our continent.

Enjoy these tweets about the madness of American food…I’ll see you in the drive-thru.

1. What are these Cheez-its?

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2. One strawberry makes it healthy.

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3. It does a body good? I guess?

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4. Just stop right there.

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5. Bon Appétit!

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6. I never thought about that…

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7. That sounds terrible.

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8. I hope you like it!

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9. Why did this happen?

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10. Both are true.

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11. You don’t need to worry about that.

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12. We hold our heads up high.

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Those sure hit the spot, didn’t they?

What do you think of the food in the U.S.? I want to hear from natives and from people abroad.

Let’s get it started!

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By the End of 2020, China Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags in Every Major City

It’s a new decade – and China, for one, doesn’t plan to end it as a top contributor to the world’s pollution problem. At least, not when it comes to single-use plastic bags.

They plan to include plastic plates, cutlery, and straws in the ban as well.

 

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The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission detailed the plan, which includes the complete ban of non-degradable plastic bags in every major city in the country, with plans to expand to every city and town by 2022.

They’re providing exceptions to markets selling fresh products until 2025.

The government expects the hospitality industry to get on board by the same year, with restaurants stopping the use of plastic straws and cutlery, as well as reducing their other single-use plastic items by 30%. Hotels will operate under the same expectations.

Currently, China produces around 60 million tons of plastic waste every year, far and away the largest plastic polluter in the world. The U.S. is next on the list, throwing out 38 million tons of plastic per year – which, in case you’re not into math, means each person in the States creates almost 3x as much plastic pollution as each person in China.

China is also one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of plastics, and plans to expand its environmentally conscious approach to that area, as well: they’ve decided to no longer produce products that are less than 0.025mm thick. In a less environmental move, China no longer imports plastic recyclables from other countries, which has made it very difficult for recycling to maintain its cost efficiency in the United States.

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Let’s be honest – the average person doesn’t need to use plastic bags at the grocery store or get a straw and plastic silverware every time they order takeout. There are simple workarounds that people choose not to use because they’re lazy and plastic is convenient.

If this proves anything, it’s that the government is going to have to step in – because regular people aren’t going to voluntarily make their own lives slightly harder, even for the good of the planet.

At least, not in high enough numbers to really make a difference.

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This is What to Do When Your Travel Partner Doesn’t Have TSA Pre Check

If you travel a lot and haven’t applied for TSA Pre Check, you should really get on top of it? The lines are shorter, you don’t have to take off your shoes or remove your laptop from your bag – it’s basically a throwback to the blissful old days when no one was actually worried about someone hijacking the plane for their own nefarious purposes.

But what if you have done the smart, expedient thing and taken care of your TSA Pre Check, but the person you’re traveling with hasn’t?

Well, first, reevaluate your friendship (or romance).

If you still want to travel with them now and in the future, here’s some further advice – it’s pretty much against the law to try to use the pre check line if you’re not approved. Just something to consider.

There is an exception for children under the age of 12 who are traveling with an enrolled parent or guardian, and exceptions can also be made for travelers 75 or older, though they aren’t technically granted pre check.

 

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There’s a chance, of course, that the person you’re traveling with could earn the random golden pre check ticket, but that’s kind of a long shot to bank on, don’t you think?

Here’s the bottom line: if you and your companion want to go through security together at the airport, and they don’t have permission to use the pre check line, you’ll have to go back to being one of the regular folks…because they’re not getting into line with you. Even if you ask the desk agent nicely.

Though if you book your tickets together, there is a chance that they will receive pre check just because the two of you are on the same reservation. But you really can’t count on it.

There’s still time to enroll, so check with your travel buds and send them this handy guide to traveling with less fuss and muss – it’s definitely worth it, don’t you think?

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