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Fees for carry-on bags…

Posted on 12 April 2010

U.S. SENATOR Charles Schumer said Sunday he’s trying to get the federal government to prohibit airlines from charging a fee for carry-in baggage, calling it a “slap in the face to travelers.” The New York Democrat is making a personal plea to the Treasury Department to rule that carry-on bags are a necessity for travel, which would make them exempt from a separate fee outside the ticket price. Schumer said carry-on bags often contain medications and other necessities, particularly for families. The fee, however, is legal. The first airline to try it, Spirit Airlines, announced last week it would charge up to $45 for a carry-on, but that it was reducing the cost of most tickets by $40.

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