Tue, Apr 20, 2010
New York Senator Has Commitments From "Several" Airlines To Not
Charge For Carry-On Bags
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) says he has been assured by
several airlines that they will not follow the lead of Spirit
Airlines and begin charging for carry-on luggage.
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Schumer said he has been personally contacted by Delta,
American, Jet Blue, United, and US Airways, and all have committed
to allowing passengers to bring a carry-on bag on board for
CNN reports that Schumer had introduced a bill in the U.S.
Senate last week to amend tax laws so that airlines could not avoid
taxes by charging for carry-on bags. The practice was intended to
show a low fare, but still collect additional revenue.
Spirit, the only airline to float the carry-on charge trial
balloon, said it was intended to expedite the boarding process. It
said it had intended to adjust check-bag fees to offset the
The bill proposed by Schumer, New Jersey Democrat Robert
Menendez, and others would call on the Treasury Department to close
a loophole that does not charge taxes on fees that are not
considered "reasonably necessary" for air transportation. "It
seems that air carriers are crossing a line that will end [by]
pricing middle-class families right out of being able to fly, and
that's not right. While airlines have a right to set prices,
families should have the right to bring a change of clothes with
them and not be gouged for it," said Menendez.
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