Lawmakers say they will try again to regulate airline fees


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Fees that airlines charge for things such as checking a bag, changing a flight or picking a seat would be regulated under the legislation. The photo was taken by Matej Kastelic.

Several congressional Democrats are reviving legislation to regulate fees that airlines charge for things such as checking a bag, changing a flight or picking a seat.

Fees would have to be "reasonable and proportional" to the cost of the service. It will require airlines to allow children under 14 to sit with family members.

The airlines were accused of taking fees and charges for things that cost them nothing by one of the bill supporters. He said that Congress hasn't stopped airlines from charging high fees.

Fees have kept fares low for people who don't want the services that are covered by the fees.

Carter Yang, a spokesman for the trade group Airlines for America, said that airlines offer a variety of air- travel options, giving passengers the ability to choose the services that best fit their individual needs and preferences.

The legislation is uncertain. One of the most hated fees has largely disappeared after most airlines dropped them after the Pandemic hit last year.

The fees of up to $200 for changing or canceling a domestic flight made some consumers reluctant to book a flight during uncertainty around COVID-19 rates and travel restrictions.

Fees to check a bag, board the plane early, or select certain seats have been retained by most airlines. The US airlines raised $5.8 billion from bag fees alone in 2019.
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Lawmakers say they will try to regulate airline fees again.