Columnist: Legislation targets airline bag-check fees

12/13/2011 | Seattle Times, The

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has introduced a bill in Congress to allow travelers to check one bag for free on all U.S. carriers. Consumer advocate Christopher Elliott writes, "If the fact that the government would tell a business to give something away for free doesn't set off a few alarms, a little basic math should." "Without the bag fees," says Michael Miller, a vice president at the American Aviation Institute, "most airlines would be in bankruptcy." "Government regulation of pricing is a 30-year step backward to when customers paid more and had fewer choices," said Steve Lott, a spokesman for Airlines for America.

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