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N.Y. senator wants airlines to scrap carry-on luggage proposal

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2009
    Global airlines Tuesday announced a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins.
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NEW YORK » New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants airlines to scrap a proposal to reduce the allowed size of carry-on luggage.

He warns that a 20 percent reduction would force travelers to pay more for check-in fees or spend money on millions of pieces of new luggage.

The Democratic senator says it’s just another way for airlines to make money at the expense of travelers.

Schumer says customers deserve a break, especially since airline profits are expected to soar this year.

The current maximum carry-on size ranges from a length of 22 inches to 24 inches, a width of 14 to 18 inches and a depth of 9 to 16 inches.

The trade association for the industry wants to standardize carry-on size to 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches and a depth of 7.5 inches.

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