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Five Airlines Say, “WE Won’t Charge Carryon Bag Fees”

April 19, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News,List,Pilots

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UPDATE: Add Sun Country to the list

Sen. Charles Schumer, who’s been on a rampage lately against Spirit Airlines’ new carryon bag fee (from $20 to $45) says at least five other airlines won’t be jumping on this odious bandwagon.

Several news organizations are reporting that the Democrat from New York says he “personally contacted officials at American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, United Airlines and US Airways, and secured commitments from all five companies” not to charge passengers for carryon bag fees.

Where is Continental in that list? Perhaps it was too busy romancing United (and I’m talking mergers, not marriage).

My first reaction to these five commitments was a bit of surprise: I mean, when it comes to fees, airlines are usually part of the “never say never” school . On the other hand, they no doubt remember the scorching publicity US Airways received when it decided to charge for water and Cokes (that didn’t last long).

Apparently, there are some things even the airlines concede are sacrosanct – and one does not cross that line lightly.

2 Responses to “Five Airlines Say, “WE Won’t Charge Carryon Bag Fees””

  1. rainyb says:

    If those 5 airlines would have said “never ever” I might believe them. Let’s hope that’s what they meant.

  2. Sue says:

    I’m betting the administration of carry-on fees would be a nightmare for the airlines. Is a flight attendant or gate person going to ask for a receipt for the bag before passenger can board? Then what, collect a fee if it wasn’t collected online or at check-in? Talk about holding up boarding process. The only reason they won’t jump on the bandwagon is because it will cost them more than they collect in $$ or on time departures to make this dumb idea work.

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