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If air travel wasn't bad enough... charging for carry ons

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If air travel wasn't bad enough... charging for carry ons

Postby Charles » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:58 pm

The airlines started charging for checking in luggage.

So travelers started taking more carry ons luggage on their flights.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now spending more money inspecting carry ons.

So they want to charge somebody for the extra effort.

What a world we live in.

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Carry-on bags costing TSA millions a year

Napolitano suggests raising the security fees charged to passengers

WASHINGTON — Choosing to carry your luggage onto a plane instead of checking it with an airline might save you a few bucks at the ticket counter but it's costing taxpayers about a quarter-billion dollars a year.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress this week that luggage fees have prompted more passengers to hold onto their bags, which means more items for Transportation Security Administration officers to inspect at security checkpoints at a cost of about $260 million annually.

"When you have to pay to check a bag it increases carry-on luggage and that means there is more to inspect at the gate and so forth for passengers to get on planes," Napolitano said during testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

Napolitano was addressing a question from Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and chairwoman of the subcommittee, who asked whether airlines should help make up for some of the extra costs.

"Checked bagged fees are increasing, it looks like, the cost to TSA because people don't want to pay the fees so they are not checking bags and putting more on the planes," Landrieu said the hearing Wednesday. "My question is, do the taxpayers have to pick up this fee? Or should we be looking at the airlines for some of the profits that they make from these fees to offset the cost [to] the taxpayer."

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