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Apr 11, 2010 8:54 AM by Associated Press

Senator fights airline carry-on bag fee

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says he's trying to get the federal government to prohibit airlines from charging a fee for carry-on baggage, calling it a "jacked-up" cost shift.

The Democrat said Sunday he's made a personal plea to the Treasury Department to rule carry-on bags are a "necessity' for travel, which would make them exempt from a separate fee outside the ticket price.

Schumer says such fees artificially avoid higher ticket prices and the taxes applied to tickets.

There's no immediate comment from the Treasury Department.

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