United Airlines to Crack Down on Carry-On Bags

The airline will get tougher on enforcing rules requiring passengers to check big bags.
3:00 | 03/05/14

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We turn to that new crackdown by one airline on oversized carry-ons. United says it's time to get tough and enforce rules requiring passengers to check the big bags and pay the charges. The big question, will it help make flying more comfortable for everyone else. ABC's David Kerr hi has the story. Reporter: Is it a way to speed up boarding or collect more fees? United missing kraing down on oversized carry-ons. Even "Saturday night live" made fun of the stuff some of us try to carry on. It'll fit. Oh, it'll fit. Reporter: This morning, united is placing these new bag-size kiosks right at the checkpoint. When you get to a security checkpoint, if it doesn't fit in the bin they'll force you to pay the $25 and check it. Reporter: That's right. The airline contract workers could send you back to the counter to pay. Bad news for those trying to avoid the bag fee but more room for other flyers in those overhead bins. When they started charging for bags I noticed a lot starting bringing it on. Reporter: Will you give it a shot? Right behind. You let's see if you make it. There you go. You're good to go. Like downtown. Reporter: So do passengers actually check their bags? We watched those kiosks for an hour. In Chicago, 29 people checked the size of their bags. In Los Angeles, 24 passengers actually checked. United says this is just an enforcement of the rules already in place reminding passengers of the, quote, limits on the size and number of bags to bring on board." You know, I flew last week and this was the bag I wanted to take on board. I tried it. It didn't fit so I had to check it. If you do get a big bag past security you'll still are to gate check it but won't have to pay the fee. A lot like to fly. This morning the airline industry is saying spring season will be the busiest for flying in six years. All right. Thank you so much.

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