Senator Says 5 Airlines Agree Not to Charge For Carry-Ons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Sen. Charles Schumer says five major
airlines have agreed they aren't going to charge passengers for their carry-on bags.

Schumer says he's gotten commitments from American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways. He reached out to the companies' CEOs after Spirit Airlines recently announced it would charge up to $45 for passengers who bring a bag on board and put it in the overhead compartment.

The Democratic senator says he hopes other carriers will follow. He says he plans to meet with the leadership of Spirit Airlines in the coming week.

Add-on fees have been an important source of revenue for airlines since oil prices soared to an all-time high of $147 a barrel in July 2008. Those fees became a mainstay for airlines' bottom lines even after fuel prices plunged.

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