5 Airlines Say No Charge For Carry-Ons

Five major airlines have agreed not to follow Spirit Airlines in instituting fees for carry-on luggage, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer said he was hopeful other carriers would follow suit.

Schumer said Sunday that he had received commitments from American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Air. He had reached out to the companies’ CEOs after Spirit Airlines recently announced it would start charging up to $45 each way for passengers who bring a bag on board and put it in the overhead compartment.

“This is a giant step forward in our effort to make sure you can take a carry-on bag when you fly without being charged,” Schumer told The Associated Press.

Since 2008, fliers have had to deal with charges for everything from food to checked luggage. But the carry-on fee, Schumer said, “was a step over the line.”

The senator said he hoped other carriers would follow suit, and he planned to meet with Spirit Airlines leadership in the coming week.

The CEOs he did speak to were responsive to his concerns, Schumer said.

“It was not a hard conversation,” he said. “They understood this would be a very bad move.”

Schumer and five other Democratic senators – Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey – are supporting legislation that would tax airlines if they charged carry-on fees.

Schumer said the legislation would move forward until it becomes clear that no airline will institute the charges.

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Subway Strikes, Kills Girl On Upper East Side

A young girl was struck by a subway in Manhattan and killed on Thursday afternoon, CBS 2 has learned. The tragic accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on the 6-train line at the 77th Street and Lexington Avenue stop. Witnesses told CBS 2 around 3:30, they saw a group of teens playing around on the tracks when they heard a “thump” and saw a girl who appeared to be in her teens on the tracks.

Ancient Indian language dies out

The last speaker of an ancient language in India’s Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC.

Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world’s oldest languages – Bo – had come to an end.

She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage.

Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old.

Biden vows the US will appeal in Iraq Blackwater/Xe case

Vice-President Joe Biden says the US government will appeal against a court ruling dismissing manslaughter charges in the Blackwater/Xe shootings case.
Mr Biden was speaking after meeting Iraqi politicians in Baghdad.
Iraqis were furious when a US judge threw out charges against five Blackwater security guards over the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad.
Mr Biden is in Iraq in an attempt to defuse a political crisis over candidates for the election in March.

Brooke Astor’s Son Is Sentenced to Prison

Brooke Astor’s Son Is Sentenced to Prison

Anthony D. Marshall, who was convicted of siphoning millions from his mother, Brooke Astor, was sentenced on Monday to 1
to 3 years in prison. Justice A. Kirke Bartley Jr. said Mr.
Marshall, who is 85, must report to prison on January 19.

U.S. Sets 3-Hour Limit on Tarmac Waits for Plane Passengers

The Transportation Department is ordering airlines to let
passengers stuck in stranded airplanes exit after three
hours.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday announced the
three-hour limit and other new passenger protections long
sought by consumer advocates. From January to June this year, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours.

Air France jet ‘black box’ call

“Black box” flight recorders should be modified to emit signals for longer, experts investigating June’s Air France disaster over the Atlantic have said.

Their inquiry into why the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed has been hampered by the failure to find the jet’s recorders.

Investigators said underwater beacons on recorders should emit signals for 90 days rather than 30, in a report.

All 228 on board died in the accident, the worst in the airline’s history.