While Americans grapple with escalating checked baggage fees and additional charges for various airline amenities, Europeans are pushing back. Members of the European Parliament are advocating for the elimination of fees for “reasonable” sized carry-on luggage. A 2014 ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU recognized cabin bags of “reasonable” size as a right, deeming them a necessary part of air travel that shouldn’t incur charges.
The resolution faces further scrutiny and requires support from the European Commission and EU countries. However, concerns arise over the lack of standardized sizing dimensions and inconsistent enforcement across carriers. The U.S. is also considering measures to address hidden fees, with Senator Maria Cantwell proposing legislation to enhance transparency and prevent unwelcome surprises for consumers.