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Homeland Security to Airlines: Get Rid of Baggage Fees to Shorten Lines and Airlines Says 'No Way'

May 20, 2016 10:36 AM EDT

Homeland Security to Airlines: Get Rid of Baggage Fees to Shorten Lines
(Photo : Pixa Bay) Homeland Security to Airlines: Get Rid of Baggage Fees to Shorten Lines

The head of Homeland Security has a bit of advice for airlines who want to shorten long waits at airport security: waive fees for checked baggage.

"We've asked the airlines to consider possibly eliminating the checked baggage fee to encourage people to check their luggage rather than putting it in the carry on," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday evening.

It's a call echoed by U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal who also pitched the idea in a letter last week to a dozen major U.S. airlines.

The airlines' response? No way.

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