WASHINGTON — Aiming to avoid the federal regulation of what is and is not a necessity at 35,000 feet — and the taxes on what have become lucrative add-on fees — Delta and five other airlines have pledged not to implement fees for carry-on bags.
The pledge was announced by a group of senators, including Amy Klobuchar, who have sponsored legislation that would designate carry-on bags as a necessity, thus subjecting any fee to the same 7.5-cent tax that tickets are. The legislation came after budget carrier Spirit (which doesn’t fly to Minnesota) announced that they’ll start charging separately for carry-ons starting in August.
The other airlines: American, United, US Air, JetBlue and Minneapolis-based Sun Country. Delta, which completed its merger with Northwest at the end of January, is the largest carrier out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and lead senator on the carry-on bill, has said the legislation will move forward unless all airlines agree to not charge for carry-ons.