Re­think bag fees

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL -

I re­cently flew on a ma­jor air­line. I stood in line quite a while (the com­puter was down) to check my bag, for which I’d paid $25 online the night be­fore at home. I also had one small carry-on that I placed un­der my seat so oth­ers would have roomin the over­head bin for larger bags. A few min­utes be­fore board­ing, the gate of­fi­cial an­nounced that if any­one had bags that might not fit in the over­head bin to bring themto her for free check­ing.

Bynow, ev­ery­one should knowthe rules on bag size, etc., and gate per­son­nel should strictly en­force them, with an op­tion to check bags at cost, but some peo­ple just knowthey can get away with it. While I pay $25 to help speed up the process, oth­ers get to slow it down for free.

It’s time the air­lines start charg­ing for carry-on bag­gage and go back to free checked bags. If youwant to con­trol be­hav­ior, you must re­ward the peo­ple who fol­low the rules and charge the peo­ple who don’t. DENNISARNTZ La­guna Niguel

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