Senator will fight airline carry-on bag fee - News- msnbc.com Senator will fight airline carry-on bag fee Asks Treasury Department to stop levy that is ‘slap in the face to travelers’ By Michael Gormley updated 1:41 p.m. ET, Sun., April 11, 2010 ALBANY, N.Y. - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday he's trying to get the federal government to prohibit airlines from charging a fee for carry-on baggage, calling it a "slap in the face to travelers." The New York Democrat is making a personal plea to the Treasury Department to rule that carry-on bags are a necessity for travel, which would make them exempt from a separate fee outside the ticket price. "Airline passengers have always had the right to bring a carry-on bag without having to worry about getting nickeled and dimed by an airline company," Schumer said. "This latest fee is a slap in the face to travelers." So, no impending economic crash. The safety of airline passengers is not in question. Schumer thinks the government needs to tell business what they can and cannot charge for. I await the cry of carry-on luggage is Constitutionally protected!