April 12th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
12 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. Awsome

    ...but since this is proposed by a Democrat im sure Republicans will find a way to paint this in a negitive light

    April 12, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |

    Schumer, you are such a DUMocRAT.

    We don't want GOVT involved, stay the F out.

    Let the consumers control this. If we don't like it, which we don't, we'll not fly this airline.

    You stupid DUMocRATS don't get capitalism and market economics.

    We don't want the GOVT in our daily lives.

    April 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Something has to be done about the growing amount of carry-on baggage. Ever since checked bags got hit with hefty fees, people have been cramming more and more bags into the carry-on bins. There used to be a cage near the door, and if a bag did not fit in it, it was checked. People were allowed only one carry-on plus a purse. If they went back to doing that, the carry-on fee could be avoided.

    I agree that people should not be robbed by the airlines, and that a ticket should pay for certain traveling requirements, but the airlines have to find a way to make the bins safer and boarding faster. Added fees are not the answer.

    April 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. BlackUSAguy

    Watch how many GOP bloggers and GOP lawmakers oppose what the senator is trying to do on behave of the citizens. If this was a GOP lawmaker's idea, which it will never happen, everybody will be supporting it. I guarentee the fight will begin any mintue now.

    April 12, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Marc from San Diego

    Although i don't like the fee, it is more weight that the plane needs to carry, and the more weight equals more fuel required to move the plane.

    April 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. ted

    The jokers that run airlines are idiots. They complain about costs and everything, but conveniently forget that the taxpayers provide the airports and the terminals and the air traffic controllers and runway maintenance. They need to get over themselves and stop nickle and diming the taxpayers who actually ride their cramped stinky airplanes. I ride only on business and that is once a year. It is not enjoyable any more to fly. It is a pain in the butt.

    April 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Johnny Chagdes (Los Angeles)

    Senator Schumer should not stop at carry-on luggage, he should also add the ability to have at least one bag stowed in cargo as well.

    I understand the plight of the Airline industry, however, continuing to add every conceivable angle to charge additional costs to a passengers true costs is getting out-of-line.

    I think that a cost of a ticket should include all other angles as well ... arrival and departure fees, 9/11 costs, etc. At least this way, a consumer will understand the true bottom line when making a purchase and would be a great motivator for the airlines to improve their efficiencies to contain costs. On the latter hand, it will definitiely show which of the airlines are not cost competitive.

    April 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Jason

    "like a hot knife through butter" only because it'll be affecting them.

    April 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Go ahead and let the airlines self destruct.

    April 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    Another meddling in someone elses business for this ever more socialist administration???

    Let the free market settle this. If people get riled up enough they'll fly a different airline, or take Amtrak or drive or stay home!!

    Congress has MUCH more important things to worry about!!!

    April 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Mark from Louisiana

    So Schumer has no problem with the government forcing people to buy thousands of dollars of health care insurance every year, but wants legislation to prevent a business from charging what it needs to survive?

    I hope democrats are never in power again.

    April 12, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Dee De Silva

    Great to see one of senators saw the necessity to begin checking these out of contorl airlines. The game playing with the fees and airline fares are simply unexplainable. It is extremely unfortunate the industry is trying so desperately to come up with alternative ways to increase revenue without offering a glass of water. Please send the industry a message, saying the consumer do not mind paying the requested fees, however what are they willing to offer in exchange. There is no added value using the servicie of certain airlines. Just a week or so ago, I had air service from Ft Luaderdale to LA, I paid $75 for three (3) luggage coming off vacation and believe it or not the service representative refuse to speak with me one on one and hurriedly referred me to the self servce check in machine. The consumer should begin thinking boy cutting their service and they will get the message.

    April 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Mark

    We all need money, but come on!!! Soon they will charge us for the air we breath.

    April 12, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. please

    Schumer shut it. If Spirit wants to charge $30-45 that is their business. Don't fly them if you disagree (I wont), but layoff the legislation. What is the difference between a $200 ticket with a $45 carry-on charge and a $245 ticket without a carry-on charge?

    Still waiting.....

    If this is how they want to price their service, then let them. Either consumers revolt and they lose business, or they make a ton of money. It's Spirit Airlines choice.

    April 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. No Way

    Good, Americans are getting to greedy. Some things need to stay a courtesy. How about we invoice them them $5 for every minute we are on the plane.

    April 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Karen J

    Chuck should worry about the national budget deficit, the almost 10% unemployment and national security issues before 'tackling' the airline fees. If he had to check a legitimate carry-on because all the passengers who boarded before him took all the available space, he might think twice. If he was ever hit or injured by someone's super-sized carry-on, he might think twice. The carry-on fee makes sense to all fliers who follow the rules. Charge less to check a bag than to carry it on and people will put their luggage where it belongs and save the carry-ons for laptops, DVD players, medicines, items to occupy kids, etc. There's no reason someone has to cart their wardrobe on board. If they can't wait the half hour to pick up their luggage at their destination airport then they should find another way to travel that DOESN'T inconvenience the other passengers!

    April 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Gary

    These fees are a hassle. They surprise you at the airport which makes it difficult to compare prices across airlines. When you travel for business any luggage fee means that I have to waste time (and paper) filling out an expense report. Just put all of the costs of baggage fees or snacks in the initial ticket price and lets stop this silliness.

    April 12, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. sensible Cape Coral FL

    If a SMALL fee would keep some selfish peple from bringing all their earthly possessions with them on every trip, I'm in favor of the fee.

    April 12, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Dan

    We're not in the USA anymore.

    April 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Bobby

    More government control? Trying to mandate that an airline not generate revenue? If folks don't like this policy, they have other choices. If enough folks choose another airline, Spirit will go out of business. This is what private enterprise is all about. Here is a senator in a tizzy about carryon items of one airline while the price of a gallon of gas is increasing about three cents a day. He must not be getting a kickback from this airline.

    April 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Larry T

    Politicians should not be dictating what private businesses are charging for their services. The airlines are loosing money and competition is fierce. I agree that the amount & size of carry-on's has gotten out of control. To solve this problem, airlines should limit the size of carry-on bags to smaller sizes forcing people to use check-in and pay the fee for larger bags. The first checked bag should be free.

    April 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Tell It Like It Is

    Of course it should be blocked. It may be the best thing the dems do before they're voted out. Can you imagine the number of bags they carry?

    April 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Moderate

    Thanks Chuck, this is way out of control. Somebody has to rain them in and I can't wait to hear the Republicans complain about this one too. Enough of greed!

    April 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Carol

    Makes more sense to me to charge a fee to carry on a bag and not charge a fee to check a bag. If airlines want to have timely departures they need to prevent people from bringing on bags that do not fit in the overhead or are too heavy for people to lift into the overhead.

    April 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Tracy

    There we go, GOP...Here's a challenge for you....Explain why this is a "Bleeding heart Lib" regulation...

    April 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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