Schumer Says No Fees for Carry-Ons

Monday, April 12, 2010

New York Senator Charles Schumer says he's trying to get the federal government to prohibit airlines from charging a fee for carry-on baggage. And he's made a personal plea to the Treasury Department to rule carry-on bags a "necessity" for travel, which would make them exempt from a separate fee outside the ticket price.

"If the Treasury Department in the next week or two doesn't move to reverse it's ruling, I'll be introducing legislation to do just that," Schumer said. "And I bet it will fly through the House and Senate like a hot knife through butter."

Currently, the fees charged by airlines are considered legal.  The issues falls under the Treasury Department because it's considered a tax issue. The Treasury Department had no immediate comment.

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