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How do you defend carry-on baggage charge?

I read Kenneth J. Mercer's letter to the editor about charging for carryon luggage ("Cardin oversteps on carry-on luggage," Readers respond, April 16) and couldn't believe what I was reading. It is over the top what the airlines charge for tickets. We already pay for checked luggage. But the point of charging for carry-on luggage goes one step too far.

It is usually not possible to pick another airline that will go to where you want to go. The people who drag everything they own onto the plane to avoid the baggage charges hold up the getting on and getting off the plane and think that they are avoiding the baggage check. Mr. Mercer must not travel by air.

Ronni Pearl, Lutherville

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