No Charge for Carry-On Bags: Schumer Announced
Sen. Charles Schumer has announced Sunday that there will be no charges for carry-on bags. He said that he personally contacted officials of major airline companies such as American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines and US Airways, and they committed not to give any charges.
Last 2 weeks, Spirit Airlines became the first in the United States to propose charging passengers $45 to store luggage in overhead bins. This has become another burden to a lot of Americans who will be travelling from time to time.
“In the last week we have gained tremendous momentum in our effort to keep carry-on bags free,” said Schumer. “We have begun to put the brakes on runaway and out-of-control airline fees. I am pleased some of the major carriers have responded to our efforts and have agreed not to charge for something that has always been free.” he added.
Wednesday of last week, the Block Airlines’ Gratuitous Fees Act, or BAG Fees Act would require that carry-on bags be considered essential and taxed at the same rate as fares.
Spirit has argued that these fees that they are charging is just of the strategy to make boarding an aircraft faster and easier.Follow us on Twitter to get free up-to-date news via tweets from the World Correspondents, or you can subscribe to us by entering your e-mail below. You can confirm your free subscription by clicking the confirmation link that will be sent to your e-mail address. Once you've confirmed, then you're good to go.