United Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, is facing fresh criticism over plans to charge passengers extra for the use of overhead lockers.

The airline, which welcomed almost 139m passengers in 2015, will introduce a new “basic economy” fare in 2017. Those who opt for the cheapest ticket will be allowed to travel with a single small item of luggage, measuring no more than 9” x 10” x 17” (23cm x 25cm x 43cm), but they must place it under a seat and not in the overhead bins. They will also be automatically allocated a seat on the day of departure, meaning passengers on the same ticket could be forced to sit apart.

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines, through a joint initiative, will install new screening technology, including automated security screening lanes and computed tomography (CT) scanners, at select American Airlines hubs nationwide this fall.

The automated screening lanes incorporate technology and screening station modifications that enhance security effectiveness while decreasing the time travelers spend in security screening by approximately 30 percent. TSA and American Airlines anticipate deployment of these lanes to Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami.

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German airline company Deutsche Lufthansa AG reportedly reached an agreement with trade union Verdi Saturday, to increase wages along with a one-time payment of 2,250 euros ($2,383.3) to about 30,000 ground staff. The airline also announced that it would ensure all workers receive their employer-funded pension plans.

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A SPEECHWRITER for Qantas CEO Alan Joyce who is being pursued by the airline over an unpublished manuscript once told a senior colleague that the infamous grounding of the entire fleet in 2011 would “make a great book”.

Qantas has launched legal proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against Lucinda Holdforth over her unpublished book Fighting Words.

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Passengers are set to be hit with new stricter controls on the size of carry-on bags under plans being drawn up by the industry trade body representing leading airlines.

New guidelines have been drafted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which acts for 260 major scheduled carriers, currently accounting for 83 per cent of air traffic.

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