NEW YORK – Sen. Charles Schumer said he would introduce legislation that would prevent airlines from charging a fee for carry-on bags.
The New York Democrat, decrying such charges as a "slap in the face to travelers," said he would press the Treasury Department to issue an administrative rule that would define carry-on bags as a "reasonable necessity" to prevent airlines from charging for them.
Schumer said that, if the Treasury Department cannot close what he dubbed a loophole in the law, he will introduce legislation that would mandate carry-on bags as reasonably necessary for air travel.
"Airline passengers have absorbed fees upon new fees over the last several years and they are hitting the boiling point," Schumer said in an e-mail Sunday.
Last week, privately held Spirit Airlines announced it would charge up to $45 for carry-on luggage, and would lower the base fares of its flights. Schumer said Spirit's move could spur other airlines to impose similar fees.
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