U.S. lawmakers, like airline passengers, are fed up with fees

Keep your peanuts.

That’s what several U.S. senators are virtually telling the nation’s airlines, the New York Times is reporting.

United Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

United Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Times reported this week that U.S. Sen. E Markey, D-Mass., and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., filed legislation to limit airline fees on checked luggage, ticket changes and cancellations.

The legislation isn’t expected to get very far, but it reflects growing anger at the fees, which the lawmakers and consumer groups say gouge Americans.

Fees aren’t the only source of airline passenger consternation, however.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that complaints about airlines jumped 30 percent in 2015.

Complaints covered everything from flight problems to baggage, reservation and ticketing, refunds, consumer service, disability and discrimination, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

Read the full New York Times report.

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