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Lawmakers look to drop checked bag fees to reduce airport security lines

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Two U.S. senators are pushing airlines to drop their checked bags fees to reduce security wait times at airports.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey of Massachusetts said that because of those fees, many travelers carry on their luggage, which leads to more time spent at security checkpoints.

Airlines already warn flyers to arrive even earlier during the summer season.

"With all the airplane fees, ticket fees and all that, [to] charge you for one bag is kind of ridiculous," said Todd Malloy, a traveler.

Lawmakers said their proposal will make flying more efficient.

Airlines, however, argue that the addition costs offset the prices of tickets.

Customers aren't buying it.

"The airline tickets are astronomical as it is, so why increase the fare?" said Betty Denson, a traveler. "That's not fair to us."

There is no legislation right now.

Blumenthal and Markey said they hope the proposal takes off soon.

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