Carry-on size may be policed by airport security


Those who hate bigger government can slip on their tinfoil hats now. A congressman from Illinois, Dan Lipinski, has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to have the TSA take control of the size of carry-on bags.

Right now, each airline is responsible for screening each passenger's bags to make sure they'll fit and that no one person is taking up more than their fair share of space.

But if Lipinski's notion survives to maturity, the people who handle the security screening will be in charge of measuring your stuff. They'll have a one-size-fits-all set of standardized maximum numbers to which your bag must conform.

Presumably, the size screening would take place at the same checkpoint where we go through metal detectors, and if your bag doesn't fit, you'll have to turn around and return to the check-in counter to pay a checked baggage fee.