Will Airlines Charge for Carry-on Bags?

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM EDT

There is some good news for air travelers. Several major airlines are now promising not to charge customers for carry-on bags. This comes after Spirit Airlines announced recently they will start charging up to $45 per carry-on bag which sparked fears that other airlines would soon do the same. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) though says he has commitments from American, Delta, Jetblue, United, and U.S. Air that they will not charge carry-on fees.

"When they took away the meals, the water and even the pillows, we shrugged our shoulders and said, well, that's life," says Sen. Schumer, "When they started charging for checked baggage we didn't like it, but charging for a carry-on bag is a step over the line because that's part and parcel of flying."

Schumer says he and five other senators are working on a bill that would tax airlines for charging carry-on fees.