updated 5/23/2008 9:52:57 AM ET 2008-05-23T13:52:57

Southwest Airlines says it has no plans to begin charging a fee for passengers to carry their first bag on board, in response to a New York Times article that said the carrier was considering following a move earlier this week by American Airlines.

American Airlines said Wednesday it will begin charging passengers on discounted fares $15 to check their first bag on a one-way flight, or $30 roundtrip.

"We want to assure you that Southwest Airlines still allows you to check up to two free bags when you travel with us, and has no plans to change that," the company said in a statement.

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