WINDSOR LOCKS, CT. (WWLP) – Traveling by plane can be a costly, especially since airlines have been upping their fees for things like baggage.
“I hadn’t traveled in a long time and it is rather expensive to put your bag on the plane. I wasn’t expecting it but you’ve got to pay them,” said Scott Marstill.
Now lawmakers are trying to put a stop to those increasing fees by introducing the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act, also known as (FAIR).
This legislation prohibits airlines from imposing fees, including cancellation, change and bag fees that are not reasonable.
A recent investigation found that of eight airlines studied, three of them had increased their fee’s more than 65 percent from just 2009 to 2014.
That same investigation by the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee found that four airlines increased domestic cancellation fees by 33 percent.
“Well I travel a lot and it’s already a lot that airlines take a lot of money for the first luggage, for the second luggage and even when you’re over rate,” said David Hajdinik.
Under the Act, airlines will only be authorized to charge bag fees that cover the costs of handling the bag.
For example, American Airlines, Delta, and United charge more money for the second checked bag than the first, yet there appears to be no appreciable cost increase for processing the second bag.