April 12th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Senator vows to block carry-on fee






Washington (CNN) – Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed Monday to offer legislation that would prohibit airlines from charging passengers a fee to carry on luggage.

Spirit Airlines recently announced a carry on fee ranging from $30 to $45 per bag, becoming the first U.S carrier to charge for carry on luggage.

The New York Democrat said in an interview on CNN that the new fees "step over the line" and if the Treasury Department does not answer his plea to prevent the fees from being implemented he is certain that the legislation will go through the Senate and the House "like a hot knife through butter."


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  1. Kirsten

    As much as Id dislike the fee, is it with Congress' right to do that? I dont know what type of legal precedence Schumer's acting on, but we dont need the government in charge of the airlines as well as the banks and healthcare

    April 12, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. usualone

    Okay, people who don't want government in your life. You need to not let Senator Schumer do this. Just a little thing of government in one's life.

    April 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Victor Van Fleet

    It is quite obvious that Senator Chuck Schumer is not a pilot nor has he ever run a business of his own where on Friday of each week, it was his responsibility to sit down and write payroll checks out of his personal funds. If that were the case he would not be interfering with the financial operation of a private business. His responsibility and
    Congress, is to see that the airline operates safely for the paying passengers otherwise STAY OUT of the financial affairs of private businesses. Thank you.
    Victor Van Fleet

    April 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Romy Monteyro

    Finally, we taxpayers are getting some useful service from our lawmakers. I agree that this type of legislation will find no opposition from either aisle in Congress.

    Spirit Airlines is just one of those greedy American business enterprise that wants to continue gouging their fellow Americans of their hard earned money. I heard that they will also soon charge passengers to use the lavatories. How ludicrous is that?

    Kudos to Sen. Schumer and other lawmakers for taking the initiative to stop this kind of nefarious business practice.

    April 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Lars

    There's more important things to take on, like jobs, the economy, banking regulation/oversight etc.

    This is populist crap. ATM fees are a bigger deal than this, for cryin' out loud.

    April 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    The government has no constitutional right to interfere with a private airlines pricing structure! If you done like the way they charge, fly another airline. It's called the FREE MARKET and it's what made America great. This is just another Democrat trying to screw up the economy. I can't wait untill November and these clowns are at home jobless.

    April 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Someone in Washington needs to finally stop the airlines of arbitrarily adding any fee they want to the already outrageous ticket costs. If people would get mad enough and switch to trains instead of planes, maybe something would change. But, in this world of getting from point A to point B in a flash, that will never happen. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that people can't continue being screwed over by the airlines like they have been for years. Someone needs to bring the airline industry to its knees the same way they have done to the public.

    April 12, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Kip

    Ummmm......don't we have more important things for the legislature to worry about than this???????

    Let them charge that fee. Then....when nobody flies the airline anymore, they will go out of business, and show the other carries it's not a good idea either.

    Problem solved.

    Lets get back to the other things in this country that are a lot more concerning than this.

    April 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Looks like we need to fly less maybe the airlines will get the hint.

    April 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. BS President Misleading Americans

    I suppose democrats feel that they should get free air fair as well.

    April 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Opus X

    Hey Chuck, stepping over the line is the Imperial Federal Government telling a corporation what they can and can't charge for anything. But, as we all know, that ship has sailed thanks to folks like you.

    April 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Scoti

    It has been come clear that this airline (and possibly more) do not want to stay in business. Trains and buses are looking better and better every day.

    April 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Dr. Pain

    Hey feds, you deregulated the airlines over 25 years ago, let them earn there keep. Let capitalizism work here. If the public don't like it they will fly other airlines. If they are willing to put up with it for lower fares so be it. This Congress seems to think the government should control EVERYTHING!

    April 12, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Flying anywhere is getting so ridiculous with fees, more and more security steps, and even less room in the planes so they can cram more seats in – it is not worth it to fly. When it costs as much as ONE ROUNDTRIP TICKET to check several bags – it has become ridiculous.

    Why don't they make us all fly naked on benches with no flight attendants, no food, no water, and no bathroom?

    The industry can't figure out why tourism is down? Flying is the answer. It is too much of a hassle, too uncomfortable, and no customer service.

    I used to fly every week with work so I know how to shortcut certain steps and still it was getting more and more absurd.

    April 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. kcl

    This problem of too many and too large items has been CREATED BY THE AIRLINES. Trying to avoid the checked baggage fees has escalated the situation.

    Airlines need to take ownership of the problem and offer a common sense CUSTOMER FRIENDLY solution.

    Allow us a free checked bag then enforce the second bag fee and carry-on sizes.

    If they hadn't "stepped over the line" this wouldn't be a legislative issue, certain to be criticized, leaving the real issue forgotten. Seems to be a real pattern lately.

    April 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Greg

    Schumer, you useless twit. How about you spend some time doing something MEANINGFUL? Quit making laws meddling with private businesses and let the market sort it out. No one is being put in danger. Don't you have enough problems in your wonderful Congress to worry about.

    Goodbye sweet America.

    April 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Tim in NC

    When consumers have DIRECT influence and control over where they spend their money, you should allow the consumer market to correct itself.

    This is simple, if people are willing to pay extra, then fine. If not then they'll go to another airline and Spirit will suffer the financial consequences. Government intervention is not needed in this situation, unlike say where people get their electricity from... you can't select Wind instead of Coal with your power company.

    April 12, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    Pay attention, teabaggers and dittoheads. a DEMOCRAT is standing up for the flying public. let's see how many repuglicans join him in standing up for the little guy. they'll be behind the airlines because that's where their priorities are! and you need to remember that in november!

    April 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Pat

    Noone likes the idea of paying for carry-ons but this is getting out of hand. The government should not be able to regulate every single transaction. Congress is mad with power.

    April 12, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. BobH

    I support the Democrats in general, but this is much too trivial for them to spend time on. Bad move.

    April 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Marco V

    I think the governement should stay out of this issue and let the consumers handle it. ...by not flying them. I disagree with the airline charging this fee but it is also wrong for the governement to tell companies which fees they can and cannot charge. If the governement insists, then I have some telephone and cable bills that they can look at!

    April 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    The government (the tax payers)bailed out the airlines during 9/11 and kept them in business. Now they want to charge us for baggage. I say let them but pay us back the money they received from the bail out!

    April 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I'm surprised the GOP, the party of the people, didn't initiate this.

    Of course, that would interfere with them running interference for big business, so..............never mind.

    April 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. JakeF

    Who are we kidding Chuck? The airlines will still manage to find a way to institute the fees.

    April 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Holly

    I am all for the fees to discourage the insanity of all the carry-ons. I never carry anything on that doesn't fit under my seat. It is out of control so people who do this should have to pay a "convenience" fee for this.

    April 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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