NEW YORK (WPIX)—Some air travelers will have one less fee to worry about, at least for now.
Five major carriers agreed not to follow Spirit Airlines' lead, pledging not charge passengers for carry-on bags Sunday.
Among 26 large U.S. airlines, so-called ancillary fee revenue accounted for 6.9 percent of their total operating revenue in the third quarter of 2009, up from 4.1 percent a year earlier.
Senator Schumer and five other Democratic Senators, including New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, support legislation that would tax airlines if they charge carry-on fees. Schumer said he plans to continue reaching out to U.S. airlines to urge them to make similar commitments. He's also encouraging privately held Spirit to reverse its decisions to charge up to $45 for carry-on bags that do not fit under seats and which are stowed in overhead bins.
Meanwhile, Ben Baldanza, Spirit's president and CEO, says his airline still plans to go forward with its carry-on bag fee.