NY Sen. Charles Schumer wants airlines to scrap proposal to downsize carry-on luggage

Associated Press

New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants airlines to scrap a proposal to reduce the allowed size of carry-on luggage.

He warns that a 20 percent reduction would force travelers to pay more for check-in fees or spend money on millions of pieces of new luggage.

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The Democratic senator says it's just another way for airlines to make money at the expense of travelers.

Schumer says customers deserve a break, especially since airline profits are expected to soar this year.

The current maximum carry-on size ranges from a length of 22 inches to 24 inches, a width of 14 to 18 inches and a depth of 9 to 16 inches.

The trade association for the industry wants to standardize carry-on size to 21.5 inches by 13.5 inches and a depth of 7.5 inches.