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Senator to call for airlines to stop charging bag fees

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB)

In an effort to unclog security lines at airports this summer, a Connecticut lawmaker is aiming to eliminate check bag fees.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he'll continue his push during a news conference Monday morning.

He said the Transportation Security Administration's recently announced plan to address wait times. It involved bringing more screening officers to checkpoints.

"With the busiest travel season soon upon us, [Transportation Security Administration's] recently announced plan will not alone fix the staggeringly long lines afflicting airport passengers across the country,” Blumenthal said.

He said new hires and other steps won't be fully implemented by the summer time when passenger volume will inevitably grow.

Blumenthal sent a letter to airline executives in which he called on 12 major airlines to stop charging bag fees during the summer flying season.

He said baggage fees mean 27 percent more carry-on bags, which contributes to longer security lines and wait times.

"Passengers are missing flights through no fault of their own, and it will only get worse until airlines step up to do their part," Blumenthal said. "That is why I am calling on major airlines to stop charging bag fees this summer in order to speed inspections and unsnarl lines.”

Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts announced the initiative last week.

Blumenthal's news conference is set for 11 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

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