United Airlines to charge extra for use of overhead luggage bins

MIAMI (WSVN) - United Airlines announced a change in baggage policy that could end up costing passengers more for their luggage.

The airline introduced a new ticket option in November called “Basic Economy,” which does not allow the passenger to use the overhead bins in the plane’s cabin. Those who choose the new option will either have to pay to check their bag, or pay for a more expensive ticket to bring their carry-on bag on the flight.

The new “Basic Economy” option only allows passengers to bring one small item on board, which can only be stored below the seat in front of them. The ticket also automatically assigns seats at check-in.

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines, based in Miramar, was the first airline to implement such restrictions. But United’s move marks the first time a major carrier attempts the move.

According to a release from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office, United expects the police to raise $1 billion for the airline by 2020.

Schumer (D-New York) calls the fare increase one of the most restrictive policies he has seen.

“The overhead bin is one of the last sacred conveniences of air travel, and the fact that United Airlines – and potentially others – plan to take that convenience away unless you pay up is really troubling,” Schumer said.

Schumer called for United to reverse the plan, and said their move could change the policies of other airlines as well.

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