United's New 'Basic Economy' Tier Will Charge for Usage of Flight's Overhead Bin

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United Airlines’ new policy will not allow travelers the use of the overhead bin unless they pay extra for it, Cosmopolitan reports.

The airline is introducing its new “Basic Economy” seating that is created for passengers with virtually no carry-on baggage. United’s lowest-paying customers can use the space under the seat in front of them for their personal item, but must pay extra if they want to use the overhead compartment. This new tier does not give the travelers the option to choose their seats. 

United says the new tier gives travelers “more options.” Thankfully, they are not giving away complete access to the extra storage because their normal economy seating, which includes overhead bins, is still available.

"We are not implementing additional restrictions on our customers, or taking anything away from them," the airline told Gizmodo. "United has announced a brand new fare called Basic Economy that is an additional option for customers and that will be cheaper than our regular Economy fares." 

However, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says United’s new plan is "one of the most restrictive policies on airline passengers we have seen in a long time."

"The overhead bin is one of the last sacred conveniences of air travel and the fact that United Airlines — and potentially others — plan to take that convenience away unless you pay up is really troubling," Schumer wrote, as reported by The Washington Post. "It seems like each year, airlines devise a new, ill-conceived plan to hit consumers and it has simply got to stop."

Will this new policy stop you from flying on United Airlines?

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