The Coalition for Luggage Security Comments on Air Canada's New Luggage Policy
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The Coalition for Luggage Security Comments on Air Canada's New Luggage Policy
October 18, 2005

The Coalition for Luggage Security reports that according to Globeandmail.com, Air Canada is working on reducing aircraft weight during flights to help curb the rising cost of aircraft fuel. In addition, Air Canada has begun tightening its checked baggage weight allowance from 70 pounds to 50 pounds. Additional fees of up to $60 for excess weight now applies to checked baggage. Air Canada believes, these savings initiatives will save Air Canada $45 million a year on their fuel bill.

"Commercial flying is a business that should be making a profit. Since September 11, 2001 it's a new market place and a new playing field. I congratulate Air Canada for its courageous acknowledgements. Others have been slower at reacting to changes in the industry. Look at the size of those airlines seeking Chapter 11 protection!" stated Richard A. Altomare, Founder of The Coalition for Luggage Security, and Chairman & CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB:USXP).

"In fact, as the airlines laboriously go down this cost identification path, we may one day see that passengers who show up with no luggage will pay a lower fare than those with luggage. Passengers without luggage cost less than those with the added weight of luggage (www.usxp.com/securitywp.pdf). Think of the savings to the Federal government, Transportation Security Administration, and taxpayers; not to mention the reduced security concerns of hastily screened luggage in the hold of a passenger airplane and traveler's wasted time waiting in line," said Harvey Abelson, Coalition Director.

"Once reality is accepted, shipping luggage separate from the passengers will become more affordable and safer. However, time is not on our side. Each day gives the dysfunctional more time to plan a suitcase bomb detonation in an airport or in the hold of an airplane," continued Mr. Altomare.

"Let us get the luggage out of the passenger areas. I applaud Air Canada's innovative programs as they attempt to seek profitability, safety and environmental responsibilities in an unregulated industry still expecting loans and bailouts," concluded Richard Altomare.

Source: http://home.businesswire.com

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