Airlines for America has said competition in the industry would be undermined by government proposals such as banning airlines from charging parents to sit near children and giving passengers more room to sue carriers. The group, which is made up of major US carriers such as Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, accused Pete Buttigieg, the US government’s transport secretary, of proposing legislation that could “eliminate decades of successful policies that have transformed air travel, allowing the vast majority of Americans to take flight”. Buttigieg, who has been criticised for not punishing Southwest Airlines for cancelling thousands of

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