U.S. Legislation Would Limit Airline Bag Fees

Travelers at DFW Airport say they would welcome change

By Ray Villeda
|  Thursday, Nov 24, 2011  |  Updated 10:50 PM CDT
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Travelers at DFW Airport say they would welcome proposed legislation that includes throwing out fees for the first checked bag.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Travelers at DFW Airport say they would welcome proposed legislation that includes throwing out fees for the first checked bag.

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Could a travel deal be on the way to the airport?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., proposed legislation right the Thanksgiving holiday that would limit how much airlines charge for baggage. The proposal would prevent airlines from charging a fee on the first checked bag.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines is second behind Delta in earning the most profits from baggage fees. Last year, American made $593 million from the fees.

Travelers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said they would welcome the change.

Cheryle Harris, of Seattle, flew into North Texas on Thursday night and is flying to Louisiana on Friday morning for a wedding.

She thought about the fees she has to pay on the way to there and on the way home. She even made sure to pack somewhat light so she wouldn't be charged for packing a bag with more than 50 pounds.

Her daughter, Jo Woods, got creative, stuffing a bridesmaid dress into a small suitcase.

"I will have to iron it out," she said as she took the suitcase off the conveyor.

Travelers say they also think about which airlines charge the least when flying.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines does not charge for the first two bags.

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