Newsclip®: [Business] Dems pressure airlines to drop bag fees | Washington Examiner

"Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and other Democrats are calling on airlines to drop checked baggage fees, which he said are leading to heavy use of carry-on baggage that are bogging down security checkpoints. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said on the Senate floor that dropping the fees can reduce the incentive for passengers to bring carry-on luggage. Durbin said he will be meeting with airline and airport officials in Chicago, where hours-long lines at security checkpoints have caused thousands of passengers to miss flights in recent weeks. He said more passengers are bringing carry-on luggage, and are stuffing more items into those bags, further slowing the screening process. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., followed Durbin onto the floor to advocate the lifting of fees. It will, along with other measures, help reduce lines that result from screening, he said.",

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