Sen. Schumer Demands Airlines Ground Their Plan To Reduce Size Of Allowable, Carry-On Luggage, slams corporate greed. (Matzav).
Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged major air carriers to scrap a proposed policy made this week that would reduce the size of carry-on luggage for travelers.
Currently, the maximum carry-on size for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines is 22 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 9 inches deep. The global trade association for the airline industry, known as International Air Transport Association (IATA), recently proposed standardizing carry-on luggage to a size of 21.5 inches tall, 13.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep, which would reduce carry-on bag sizes by more than twenty percent.
Schumer explained that if this proposal becomes reality, air travelers may be forced to spend hundreds of dollars on new luggage in order to meet the new criteria. In addition, travelers who may normally rely on carry-on luggage when traveling may be forced to check their bags and therefore, spend money on fees they’ve never been subject to prior.
“Enough already,” said Senator Schumer. “The airlines already charge more for checked baggage, pillows, peanuts and head phones. It’s got to stop.”
“With already sky-high airfares, travelers should not be forced to spend hundreds of dollars on new carry-on luggage to fit this newly proposed policy for airlines,” said Senator Schumer. “I am urging airlines to ground any attempts to change the current carry-on luggage policies that travelers are already familiar with and accustomed to. Air travelers should not be forced to pay more fees or buy new luggage.”
Schumer also pointed out that IATA this week also projected industry profits to reach an all-time high of nearly $30 billion in 2015.
In 2010, Schumer successfully fought back against an airline proposal to charge for carry-on bags. Schumer reached out to airline chief executives and urged them to reconsider the idea. Airlines heeded the call.