NY Senator Fights Airline Carry-On Bag Fee

ALBANY, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says he's trying to get the federal government to prohibit airlines from charging a fee for carry-on baggage, calling it a "jacked-up" cost shift.

The Democrat said Sunday he's made a personal plea to the Treasury Department to rule carry-on bags are a "necessity' for travel, which would make them exempt from a separate fee outside the ticket price.

Schumer says such fees artificially avoid higher ticket prices and the taxes applied to tickets.

There's no immediate comment from the Treasury Department.

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  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 11, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    chuck you schumer is the one who would know about jacked up costs being shoved down your throat.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Apr 11, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    Finally! Something worth while out of New York.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Apr 11, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    I'm sure he's mostly concerned that the airlines are avoiding the taxes. Obviously, if they didn't charge for the checked baggage, they would add it to the ticket price. At least the baggage fee is avoidable if you travel lite, and people who insist on bringing everything with them pay more for the added weight. Anyway, the government wants their cut, which will only cost the consumer more. We have to stop giving the government more of our money. They won't spend it wisely.
  • by Lynda Location: greenville on Apr 11, 2010 at 02:52 PM
    fees from private airlines is NONE of the federal government's business! if people don't like to pay the fees, they can drive or find some other way to travel. you cannot legislate us into prosperity - leave the private companies alone or you will force them out of business.
  • by Larry Location: Newport on Apr 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    Its real simple to solve this issue.... Stop Flying! I save thousands of dollars every year. then maybe the airlines will reconsider these charges.

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