5 airlines promise not to charge for carry-on bags

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Spirit Airlines' decision to charge up to $45 per carry-on bag beginning in August has sparked a public outcry, including 150 comments from our readers.

Yesterday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who supports legislation to tax airlines if they charge carry-on bag fees, heard from five that vow not to follow Spirit's example: American, Delta, United, US Airways, and JetBlue.

There was no comment on a possible expiration date for this promise which, as the AP reported, comes even though some of these five airlines are likely to report first-quarter losses next week.

If the promise sounds reassuring, consider that the five airlines could simply skirt the carry-on issue by coming up with other creative—and lucrative—fees (remember Ryanair's idea to charge for in-flight bathrooms?!).

Spirit continues to stand by its controversial fee for carry-ons. CEO Ben Baldanza told the AP that his competitors' promise actually puts pressure on those airlines because Spirit has lowered its fares more than the price of the new fee.

What do you think of this promise and will it affect which airlines you choose to fly?

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