When every second counts, you can't afford to lose time. That's why the feds are pushing changes at thousands of hotels where guests can't directly dial 911.

The FCC says more than 50 percent of franchised hotels and motels and 60 percent of independent ones don't allow guests to directly reach emergency services - they have to either dial another "9" first or go through the front desk.

Online petitions surfaced after a nine-year-old Texas girl couldn't reach authorities while her mother was being stabbed to death.