by Christopher Freeburn | March 5, 2014 12:00 pm
Passengers who attempt to board United Airlines (UAL) flights with carry-on luggage that skirts the airline’s bag size restrictions will face greater scrutiny from United workers.
Frequent United Airlines fliers recently received an email reiterating carry-on bag rules. United Airlines has installed boxes at major airports that determine bag sizes and is pushing its employees to increase enforcement of the rules, the Associated Press notes.
Carry-on bag size rules are often laxly enforced by airlines. United Airlines will now review carry-on bags at security checkpoints. Passengers with bags that violate the rules will be returned to ticket counters where they will have to shell out $25 to check bags.
United Airlines contends that the increased focus on carry-on bag size is meant to boost available space in overhead bins. A spokesman for United Airlines denied that the move was meant to boost checked-luggage fee revenue.
Still, checked-luggage fees generated $638 million in revenue for United Airlines last year. A United Airlines executive said that the airline would like to boost that by an additional $700 million over the coming four years.
United Airlines stock jumped more than 3% in Wednesday morning trading.
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