Delta Air Lines testing program to cut down on carry-on luggage

Passengers will be exempt from any additional baggage fees

Delta Air Lines is piloting a new program allowing some passengers to check their carry-on luggage for free. 

Normally, Delta customers are allowed to bring on one free carry-on bag in addition to one personal item. 

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The airline's latest program is designed to "help Delta teams better understand how fewer carry-on bags can positively impact the customer experience - from arriving at the airport through boarding the aircraft," the Atlanta-based carrier told FOX Business.  

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For an entire month, select Delta passengers will receive a text message with "a proactive offer to check their carry-on bags," the carrier said. Delta is only conducting the test program, which began on Jan 31., in select markets. 

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The passengers, who have already shared their contact information with the carrier, will be exempt from "any additional bag fees associated with checking the carry-on bag," the airline added.  

In most cases, the first checked bag under 50 lbs. costs travelers $30 each way and the second checked bag under 50 lbs. will cost $40 each way, according to the airline's policies. Both checked bags and carry-on bags must follow certain size requirements. 

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The carrier declined to provide further details on the program but noted that it was similar to any other "airport experience modifications" the carrier has tested over the years.