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. Donna K. Pasha

    And, while he's at it, let him also scotch the idea of airplane pay toilets

    April 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. DH Mid MI

    I'd rather that he offer legislation to lower our taxes!

    April 12, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. shooter

    Sen. Chuck Schumer should resign from Senate for supporting illegal aliens.

    April 12, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes it's deceptive and dishonest to charge extra fees for something like a carry on bag. Airlines need to keep their "regular" fare price reflective of what the real cost for a ticket really is...and not play games trying to add extra fees to make-up the difference.

    April 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I believe in profits... I believe in capitalism, but look:

    Airlines have SAID that they are not profitable for as long as I can remember. They SAY that they need this to "make a profit. The PROBLEM is that they have continued to pay dividends to stock holders IN SPITE OF BEING UNPROFITABLE. HOW DO THEY DO THAT???

    Until we stand up for ourselves, business will continue to find ways to nickel and dime us to death.

    Thank you Chuck for taking a stand for us.

    April 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Schumer sucks

    How come he does not block and stop the invasion of illegal aliens into the US territory but instead target the airliners for carry-on fee?

    April 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. HypocriCNNstigators

    Thank You Senator Chuck Shumer D-New York!

    April 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Schumer go home

    Stop the illegal aliens entry into the USA instead of stopping the carry-on fee.

    April 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    The a la carte approach to airline travel is getting ridiculous (bathroom charges soon – maybe by the minute?) but banning the fee won't save any money, the airline just increase fares.

    April 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. a health economist

    as much of an advocate for government intervention in certain situations as I am, this is not one of those situations. This is no different then charges for fuel expenses or transport in other businesses. Let them have the fee. It might actually improve their on time arrivals and departures.

    If people don't want to pay the fee, they'll use another airline.

    April 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. jeff jackson, alabama

    There is a bill before the house right
    now that no media outlets are talking
    about, and it is much more dire than
    a fee for a carry-on bag.
    If this bill passes loans in retail stores
    car dealerships and mortgage companies
    to name a few will be outlawed and even
    salesmen's commissions will be caped by
    a government bureau.
    This is serious and threatens America's
    middle class.
    Alot of republicans and democrats are for
    this bill.
    It may be a great idea to let your voices be
    heard by your representatives.
    While alot of you are engaged in name calling
    your world could be crumbling below your feet.

    April 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Jim

    Way to go Chuck! That is getting ridiculous. Pretty soon they will have pay toilets on the planes. I wonder why Republicans are never on the side of consumers for anything?

    April 12, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Malcolm in St Louis

    Senators have got better things to do with their time than micromanage dumb airlines who are trying become the easy industry to hate...

    April 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    Why is the government involved in telling an airline how to run its business??? If this dumb airline wants to try doing this and lose a lot of busines, they will go OUT of business if their competitors don't follow suit. Its called the free market system and it looks like the new socialist party (DemocRATS) doesn't know how it works.

    Should they also regulate how much is charged for win, beer and soda? Schumer is an idiot...

    April 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Dean

    Today one of the hassels of flying is waiting while passengers try and stuff oversized baggage into the overhead carriers. Even worse is waiting for them to try and get them out upon landing. The overhead carriers were made for coats, briefcases, diaper bags, not for luggage for a weeks travel. I think these fees are in order for anything larger than a pc or briefcase or small travel bag.

    April 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. rita

    As much as I admire Senator Schumer, we should all pick our battles wisely. Airlines can charge whatever they want. It's their airlines. You can't tell McDonalds it can't charge extra for a booth on top of the golden arches.

    April 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. me and mr b, oak harbor WA

    I think Sen. Chuck Schumer has forgotten we are a republic with an open economy and that private businesses get to run themselves...for the most part. If he doesn't like the fees don't fly the airline. duh!

    April 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    As if it weren't enough of an outrage that some airlines charge for checked bags, now this pipsqueek carrier comes along and wants to charge for carry-on luggage?

    I've never flown Spirit Airlines, but I can tell you they're not flying in the "spirit" of American aviation. I sure as heck hope they have the absolute best customer service of any airline in the known universe because you better get something more than a place to park your butt!

    Sen. Schumer, I don't always agree with you, but I've got your six on this one!!

    April 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Bill

    Put him on camera and he'll promise anything.

    April 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    Good for Senator Schumer – it is about time that someone will stand up to the airline industries who are nickeling & diming the US consumer to death!

    April 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Oh please

    Further evidence of big government's desire to regulate all aspects of private enterprise. Will it ever stop? How about letting this work itself out through personal choice and decision making by flyers? Oh wait, big government doesn't think we should have any personal responsibility...uncle sam will make everything ok.

    April 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. ben

    This is getting crazy! What next, are they going to start charging us for the clothes we are wearing? We need to stop this mess!

    April 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. stormerF

    Chuck Schumer needs to get over it. Keep Government out of Business and Business will work just fine. I for one am tired of all the drag-on bags and tired of having to put my breifcase under the seat in fron of me with my feet on it,so Good for the airlines. Schumer needs to go he and Dodd,Frank,Waters,Kerry and Rangel all need to go.

    April 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. bubba

    i think the carry on luggage should be $50 a pop. and luggage checked in should be free, subject to some weight and size limitations.

    why?? because the stupid travelling public thinks they have to carry into the cabin every fricking thing they own. i m tired of getting beat and banged around while they re packing the storage containers.

    April 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Stephen Prom

    The Americans want government to quit micromanaging business. There is plenty of competition in the market. Travelers will use another airline if the pricing is offensive. Spirit already offers very low fares on many of its flights.

    April 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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