But Daniel Fitzsimmons recently experienced a different kind of separation anxiety, thanks to US Airways.

Fitzsimmons is an attorney from Watkins Glen, NY, and he recently bought five roundtrip tickets between Syracuse, NY, and San Juan. Just a thing or two you need to know about Fitzsimmons: He’s an experienced air traveler who has booked many flights online. And he specializes in real estate and personal injury law, so there’s not much that fazes him.

But what he witnessed when he tried to book the US Airways tickets made him do a double-take.

“After buying the seats, I went back later to select seats on the two connecting flights to make sure I would be seated near my children,” he told me. “On the last leg, I entered my seat, then my wife’s, then saw that the only remaining seats were premium seats.”

Those “premium” seats — garden-variety economy class seats that cost extra to reserve, because they’re considered more desirable — would cost another $30 a piece. That’s an extra $90 to sit next to his kids.

And that’s not all...

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