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The over­head bin, de­scribed by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer as “one of the last sa­cred con­ve­niences of air travel,” won’t be free to some United Air­lines cus­tomers in 2017.

As part of the com­pany’s new pric­ing tier, Ba­sic Econ­omy, pas­sen­gers who pur­chase the air­line’s cheap­est fares will be al­lowed only one per­sonal item — and it must fit un­der a seat.

The com­pany ex­pects such fare ini­tia­tives to add $1 bil­lion to its an­nual op­er­at­ing in­come by 2020, as more cus­tomers pay to check lug­gage or se­lect higher fares for two carry-on bags.

This is all for the ben­e­fit of pas­sen­gers, United’s pres­i­dent Scott Kirby told Reuters. Sur­veys in­di­cated trav­el­ers and em­ploy­ees do not like scram­bling to store bags in the lim­ited over­head bins.

The pur­pose of the new fare struc­ture is to cre­ate more op­tions for cus­tomers. The new fares will be com­pa­ra­ble to fares the air­line now charges for econ­omy cabin.

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United’s new pric­ing tier will in­clude pay­ing to use over­head bins.

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