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Letter: Checked-bag fee creates airport lines

Sen. Chuck Schumer has suggested increasing the number

Sen. Chuck Schumer has suggested increasing the number of security screening dogs to alleviate the long wait times for air passenger. Above, a view of JFK on July 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Eric Thayer

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s suggestion to increase the number of security screening dogs to alleviate the long wait times for air passengers is certainly a valid and sensible solution [“Schumer: More dogs could ease airport waits,” News, May 16].

However, the airlines themselves are partly to blame for the longer wait times at security. Most airlines now charge a hefty fee for checked baggage. Because of this, people are using more, larger and questionable carry-on bags to avoid the additional expense. This only increases the time to clear everyone’s belongings.

This also increases the time for boarding.

I hope the pre-check screening program — an $85 fee good for five years — is not a simply a ploy to raise revenue for the Transportation Security Administration. I have purchased this, but the real hold-up results from the checked baggage fee. If checked bags were free again, you’d see shorter wait times.

Delores Plunkett, Sayville

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