American Airlines is banning carry-on bags and overhead bin use for basic economy passengers
On Wednesday, the world's largest airline released details of its upcoming low-cost Basic Economy fare class."American Airlines now has something to offer every customer, from those who want simple, low-price travel to those who want an ultra-premium experience via First Class," American Airlines President Robert Isom said in a statement.
Unfortunately, buying the cheapest ticket also means you will have to do without many of the amenities that have traditionally been considered obligatory in modern air travel.At the top of that list is carry-on luggage. Basic Economy passengers are allowed to bring a personal item on board as long as it fits underneath the seat. However, any luggage that requires overhead bin space has been banned.
It's a policy that echoes United's Basic Economy fare class that was announced in November.
United will also charge a gate check fee plus a $25 handling charge, an airline spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
To avoid confusion, United will only allow passengers who either qualify for free carry-on bags or have paid for checked baggage to check-in online.On board the aircraft, flight attendants will not be tasked with policing the use of overhead bins, United Airlines President Scott Kirby said during the company's latest earnings call.
An American Airlines spokesperson also confirmed that its flight attendants won't be tasked with policing overhead bin use.In addition to bag restrictions, Basic Economy passengers will not get seat assignments until check-in and will be the last allowed to board the flight.
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