As airlines hike checked bag fees, charges for carry-on luggage could be next

Some foreign airlines have already started charging for carry-on bags to reduce boarding delays

Buckle up: Now that Air Canada and WestJet have hiked their checked bag fees for economy fares, some airline experts predict charges for carry-on luggage could be next.

“It’s only a matter of time,” said airline analyst, Fred Lazar. He believes higher checked bag fees will inspire even more people to stuff all their luggage into carry-on bags, prompting the two airlines to introduce carry-on charges to help stem the tide.

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The U.S. economy grew at a strong 4.2 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years, as growth stayed on track to produce its strongest full-year gain in more than a decade. Strength in business investment offset slightly slower consumer spending.

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