Huffpost Politics

Chuck Schumer Demands Airlines Pay For Lost Bags

Posted: Updated:
CHUCK SCHUMER AIRLINES
AP

ALBANY, N.Y. -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says that if airlines don't start reimbursing their rising fees when passengers' bags are lost, he'll introduce a bill to force the issue.

The Democrat says that under a new rule airlines would only have to reimburse their baggage fees if the luggage is lost forever. That rule is scheduled to take effect in August.

The fees range from $25 to $100.

Schumer tells The Associated Press that airlines should voluntarily refund the fees upon request to passengers when their checked bags don't arrive when they do.

He says only a small fraction of lost bags are never returned. Most show up days later.

But if airlines don't make the move, he says, he'll introduce a bill to require the refunds.

Around the Web

Five airlines won't add carry-on fees: Schumer | Reuters

Spokesman: Sen. Chuck Schumer Regrets Insulting Flight Attendant

Just plane rude: Sen. Charles Schumer refers to female flight ...

Schumer's Shuttle Swearing - NYTimes.com

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to urge prohibition of airline fees on ...

Senator asks for stricter FDA oversight of airline caterers ...

APNewsBreak: Senator says airlines should reimburse fees when bags are lost ...

Chamber execs to DC ... indirectly

Road killers: Rating buses for safety

Barack Obama: Leader of the 'budget tenthers'

Register To Vote