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Schumer fights carry-on baggage fees


OK, we know Sen. Charles Schumer is no stranger to the press. New York’s senior senator has a way of announcing a new idea, and then announcing it again. And again. An idea proposed in Manhattan, for instance, may have more legs if he makes the same announcement the next day in White Plains.

This may have been the case later this morning, when Schumer had arranged to appear at Westchester County Airport to “announce” his proposal to stop airlines from charging fees for carry-on luggage, a new policy at Spirit Air.

Now comes word that he’s made progress in his effort. Sorry to be vague, but there should be more on this by noon or so. Check back.

Fees, Schumer argues, are not just unfair, they also help airlines dodge federal taxes. Add $45 to the price of a ticket, and the airline has to pay a portion of that in airline taxes. But tack on a $45 baggage fee and the government gets nothing.

For now.

This entry was posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 9:52 am by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.


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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE

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