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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
It's about time
Have you had the experience of flying with your kids and having the airline show a movie that your kids wouldn't otherwise be allowed to see? Make you pretty angry? Maybe, like Thomas Fine and Sara Susskind of Cambridge, you spent the flight trying to distract your 6-year-old from a movie like "Shooter," which is what was showing on their recent flight.
If you care, now's your chance to have your say. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC, filed a bill today called the Family Friendly Flights Act. It would require airlines to create sections on planes where children won't be forced to see -- if even only peripherally -- movies with inappropriate violence, nudity or offensive language. The organization behind this is KidSafeFilms.org; to sign its petition, click here.