Brazilian airlines are looking at doing away with the cap on fares paid by travelers under the age of two.
That “baby on board” could cost a bit more if reports that some airlines are considering a charge for toddlers prove true. According to Bloomberg, a proposal by Brazilian airlines suggests waiving the cap on fees for children under two who fly. The current cost is capped at 10 percent of a full adult fare, assuming the child sits on a parent’s lap.
The proposed “toddler tax” comes from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). The group reportedly met with airlines and consumer protection groups and is working on a draft “in virtue of tariff liberty.” The proposed changes will go out for public opinion with final regulation approval expected by the end of 2016.
Bloomberg reports that with airline deregulation in 2001 resulting in lower fares, Brazilian airlines have challenged government regulation. A representative for the Brazilian airline association, ABEAR, said, “It’s up to companies to decide their strategy. This is about deregulation. Airlines want to be able to offer the best service, and those wanting better service should pay more.”
Currently, on most U.S. airlines, adults traveling with children under the age of two can do so for free if the child is traveling in the parent’s lap. Children under two who occupy a seat, including sitting in an infant seat, pay for an individual ticket.