Flight Attendants: Bag Fees Have Painful Consequences

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Monday, Mar 22, 2010  |  Updated 11:24 PM CDT
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Have Checked Bag Fees Resulted in More Injuries?

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Flight attendants say they've seen more injuries related to carry-on luggage.

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Have Checked Bag Fees Resulted in More Injuries?

Flight attendants say they've seen more injuries related to carry-on luggage.
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From crew members straining muscles to lift bags to luggage falling on passengers' heads, more people getting hurt because of airline baggage fees, flight attendants say.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA just released the results of a recent membership survey in which one out of two flight attendants witnessed carry-on items falling from overhead bins in the last 60 days.

The flight attendants surveyed say carry-on baggage is out-of-control, mostly because of recent fees to check luggage.

"We now have compelling evidence that flight attendants and passengers are being injured by excess amounts of oversized carry-on items," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA international president.

According to the survey, more than 80 percent of flight attendants sustained injuries in the past year because of dealing with carry-ons in overhead bins. The most common injury was strained and pulled muscles in the neck, arms and upper back.

American Airlines said it has seen no increase in injuries since the fees to check bags went into place and no increase in the amount of passengers carrying bags on board.

The airline said one possible reason the overhead bins are packed are because more flights are full.

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