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March 4, 2014

Carry-on crackdown: United enforces bag size limit

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags.

The Chicago-based airline has installed new bag-sizers at most airports. As of Saturday, workers have been sending passengers whose bag exceeds the dimensions for carry-ons back to the ticket counter, where they check the bag and pay a $25 fee.

United says it wants to quicken the boarding process. The fewer bags passengers carry on, the less time is spent loading the overhead bins and the quicker everyone takes their seats. Bags in the overhead bin have a size limit of 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches.

Some travelers say United is simply trying to collect more fees. United has a stated goal of collecting an additional $700 million in fee revenue within the next four years.

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