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

    Chuck you idiot, in the end they'll just raise ticket prices, and we'll have wasted weeks of our taxes paying your exoribitant salary while you pull this publicity stunt.

    April 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Schumer take a hike

    When an Airliner starts charging carry-on fee this stupid dude cries like a stuck pig. When the illegal aliens Mexican enter the US Schumer ignored and looked the other way. What kind of Senator is this?

    April 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Crazy Harry

    I'm a liberal dude, but I firmly believe the government should have no role in this. Focus on something more vital for social good. Let the marketplace settle this. I know that this airline will be at the bottom of my list.

    April 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Either pay the fee to check in the large oversized bags which don't fit in the overhead bins of the aircraft resulting in falling out and hitting another passenger in the head creating a law suit against the airlines. We can't have it both ways and I stick up for what the airlines is doing, pay to check your bags in for safety reasons.

    April 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    Next, the airlines will charge you if you have long hair or a fat ass! Anything for money, you know. Greedy bastards!

    April 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. MLH

    Chuck, step back and breathe deep. We don't need a law keeping airlines from charging for carry on baggage. People can fly, bus, drive or ride a train places. This is one of those instances where it is perfectly reasonable to let the business determine what the market will bear.

    April 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Jeff in Virginia

    I'd like to know, when was the last time that Chuck Schumer flew coach? Or any sitting senator for that matter?

    Do they have any idea how long it takes waiting for the cheapskates to wheel their luggage off the plane?

    April 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Tom L.

    This just says it all. Government please stay away. If I want to fly this airline and pay the baggage fee, that is my choice.

    Stop telling a private business how to run.

    April 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. james

    Once again, the socialists stick their nose in business that is none of theirs. I don't like the carry-on fee any more than the next person, but Congress has no business interfering in the business decisions of an airline! Just more government control - the socialists want to control everything! Vote these imbeciles out in November!!

    April 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Elle in WA

    You know, I'm a Democrat, but this is just stupid. Let Spirit Air cut their own throat - nobody will want to fly on the airline and they'll eventually go out of business. No need to step in here, I think capitalism will work just fine.

    April 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. wlu2009

    Is the a single industry Chuck Schumer DOESN'T think the government needs to get involved in? Seriously Chuck, not every inconvenience or business decision needs a new piece of legislation. I'm sure he writes a new bill everytime mcdonalds takes one his faves off the dollar menu too.

    April 12, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Rw

    If you object to these add on charges then also eliminate the already placed charges on stored luggage. The present carry on baggage policy
    is unsafe and dangerous. All luggage should be checked in with only one bag carry on that can easily fit under the front seat.

    Why not take on the real issue. SAFETY.

    April 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. FloridaRes

    Thank you Sen Schumer! For some of us, we must carry medical supplies with us into the cabin because we can't risk having them lost in checked baggage. It is like the Wild West in the air; the airlines are instituting all kinds of fees (checked baggage, drinks – water, blankets, pillows, etc). It is enough already. I am mad as Hell and I won't take it anymore!

    April 12, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. AG

    I'm boycotting ALL airlines charging any baggage fees whatsoever. Only going to fly Southwest from now on. These airlines are so insanely stupid. They are going to all go out of business if they keep this up.

    April 12, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Chris - Denver

    I say this as a liberal Democrat, but I think it would be best to let the free market tackle this issue.

    April 12, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. stormerF

    What is the hold up for the congressional budget? that is suppose to be ready on April 15? How come they are putting it off? How come we get our feet held to the fire by the IRS,if we do not meet the April 15 deadline,Why does congress get a free Pass. Did we not elect them to do our business and meet deadlines they set so the country could run efficiently?

    April 12, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. lostinsauce

    Why so worried about this charge? There are many other more important things in this country to worry about, Unemployment for 1.

    After deep thought the light went on.. Senators don't want to pay the $'s for all of their flights that they take back and forth to the capitol from their home state.. I knew it had to be something that affected them personally as they don't move this fast for ANY other issue in this country..

    If an airline continues to charge more and more $'s for incidental travel needs they will price themselves out of business... Less travelers then bankruptcy..

    More and more GOV intervention.. I thought we lived in a capitalistic society but i must have been wrong.

    Maybe the Gov. should focus on important issues or the voters will vote them out of office "like a hot knife through butter."

    April 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Schumer needs to shut up and let the free market work. I'm sure there are many people that will never pay 30 or more dollars just to carry a bag onto a flight. When that happens Spirit airlines will have no choice but to drop the policy or lose a ton of business.

    I'm getting sick and tired of our government trying to wrestle control of everything from the private sector. The more they interfere with the free market, the more it will hurt our economy. Pretty soon no one will want to open up a new business if they know that the government will be knocking at their door looking for their vig. The last few years in this country has turned into a bad episode of the Sopranos. Pay up or else.

    April 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Jim

    These Senators have nothing better to do with their time then to not deal with the issue of Job creation in America. They are all equally useless both Democrats and Republicans. There's always something sidetracking these leeches when millions of Americans are out of work. If you don't want to pay the baggage fee then boycott the airline industry!
    Let's focus on job creation Mr. Schumer or get out of office and let a working class stiff do your job. I am from NY and you sir are useless and need to be on the unemployment line. If you want to block something the block the garbage being spilled to the politically ignorant listeners at Fox News. You can start with Beck and Hannity and when your done with those bozo's go and block your buddy Rush.

    April 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. JC

    First they charge a ridiculous price for a seat that I would expect to find in a elementary school assembly hall, then they charge an outlandish price for what use to be the complentary flat soda, charge for the checked luggage, move the seats closer together to slip in an additional row of seats, charge extra to sit in the front of the plane and by the emergency exits, charge extra to board the plane first, then an airliner announces that it wants to charge for the plush lavatory facilities and now one wants to charge for a carry on. What's next a piece rate on the number of pieces of clothing ones wearing. Fly natuarl airlines, learn the true meaning of friendship ala-natural. You know what, I am not in that big of a hurry that I can not drive for 10 or 12 hours to get someplace rather than sit in an airport for 10-12 hours waiting on a flight. Far as I am concerned ground them all, I will not be flying anymore.

    April 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Allen Hussein

    The Dow closed today over 11,000. That is a gain of over 3,000 points in the less than 15 months that Obama has been in office.

    Thank you President Obama!

    April 12, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. bags

    why does the government feel the need to meddle in the business decisions of american companies?

    April 12, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. normajean

    Good for Senator Schumer.Its about time that someone takes business hands out of our pockets.. To charge extra for over size check ins is one thing, but to charge for what may be little more than a few personal items within a certain size is "highway robbery" and should be stopped before we have to wear everything we bring onto the plane.

    April 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Jim

    I don't like it any more than anyone else. But, it is free enterprise........the Government is going to dictate to business what they can and can not do.......sounds like "Government Takeover" of business now. Schumer is a idiot!

    April 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. jpv

    Good. It's crazy that the government has to get into this as if they don't have enough to deal with. However, this is a ridiculous fee if their ever was one. Charging for checked bags was nuts but this goes over the line. IF the airlines are going to charge these prices then fold it into the overall price of the ticket. Enough of the nickle and diming nonsense.

    April 12, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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