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April 15th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Schumer introduces bill to ban some airline charges

(CNN) – Spirit Airlines' decision to charge a fee for stowing bags in the overhead compartment may have been the last straw. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says such charges are "a slap in the face" to travelers.

He has introduced a bill to rein in airlines and block fees for carry-on bags. Sen. Schumer joined us on Thursday's American Morning to discuss the bill.

Filed under: Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. R. Socrates

    It is an abomination that this Senator wants to get Washington involved with pricing of air fairs. The market should determine prices, not politicians. This Senator indicates a emerging threat against liberties.

    April 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Go get EM! I do not care what political party you belong to this is just outrageous conduct! We might joke about paying to use the restroom, but if they get away with this one, then what will they think of next!

    April 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  3. Mitchell

    I saw the CEO of the airline in question explaining his reason for doing this. It made a world of sense and the fee starts so very low. It is a good airline with a lot of customer loyalty. Like Schumer stated they will do what we tell them to do or we will take their tax break away from them. Government control of everything by the liberals will cure all the worlds ills. This airline charges between 1 penny and 9 dollars plus the cost of gasoline to fly you. If you have a carry on item that fits under your seat it costs you nothing. Schumer's actions are only political in action and will cause the price of a ticket to increase way past any fee for carry on items.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  4. Kurt Wirth

    In a twisted way, I can understand Spirit Airline's position. However, there is some irony in Shumer's thinking that these nickel dime fees should be restricted. In all fairness, let's pass a law restricting all the nickel and dime fees by the various government agencies.


    April 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm |