Airline Baggage Fees Subject Of New Legislation
Airline fees on baggage are the subject of Congressional action to limit how much companies can institute such additions.
The Washington Post reported that too much carry-on baggage is the largest complaint by air travelers recently and with the holiday travel season underway, the complaints are likely to grow even more.
The Airline Passenger BASICS (Basic Airline Standards to Improve Customer Satisfaction) Act, introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) would allow passengers to check in one free bag and prohibit fees for carry-on bags and require airlines to disclose the size restrictions, weight restrictions and number of bags before arriving at the airport.
"When an airline advertises a flight, that is how much it should cost, plain and simple," Landreiu wrote in a statement as quoted by CBS News. "Passengers should not be charged additional fees for checked or carry-on baggage, drinkable water or other reasonable requests. Air travel can be a stressful experience for many reasons, but unfair fees for basic amenities should not be one of them."
Supporters of the bill told CBS News that the airline fees on checked baggage has led more people to bring carry-ons and caused headaches for security officials at airports.