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Air travel is a mess because of checked bag fees

One way to ease the horrendous airport lines would be for airlines to cooperate and end fees for checked baggage. TSA's Peter Neffenger never mentioned this as a solution to the problem ("TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines," May 25).

Air travel is often dreadful, and it appears the carriers couldn't care less. They jam people into uncomfortable seats and charge for the smallest amenities. As an experiment this summer, see what happens when airlines waive their checked bag fees.

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People are cramming more stuff into their carry-ons. Every bag that gets flagged for additional screening or stopped for oversized shampoo bottles delays the security line for everyone else. It's time to give this idea a try.

Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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