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"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.", www.washingtonexaminer.com
"The US Department of Homeland Security has asked airlines to waive checked baggage fees as a temporary solution to alleviate long lines at airport security checkpoints. That's a billion dollar ask. US airlines collected $3.8 billion in bag fees in 2015, according to the US Department of Transportation, with over a $1 billion of that in...", qz.com
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