If you didn’t think an airline could nickel and dime us anymore than they already are, you may want to ask the executives at United Airlines. The Star Alliance airline will now charge passengers who book “Basic Economy” for carrying on their bag. United hopes to raise nearly $1 billion by 2020 with the new charge, and other airlines are waiting to see if they policy produces that much extra revenue.
“The overhead bin is one of the last sacred conveniences of air travel and the fact that United Airlines – and potentially others – plan to take that convenience away unless you pay up is really troubling,” said New York’s Senator Schumer. “Already, airlines charge extra for checked luggage, pillows, peanuts and headphones and now you’ll have nowhere to store them. United Airlines should reverse this plan and allow the free use of the overhead bin for all.”
The Basic Economy ticket would also automatically assign seats at check-in. This also means that if you book a ticket with your partner, you may not be seated together.