Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

You never thought it would happen.

No, not an airline charging you for an overhead bin. That was always likely, just as no one would be surprised if airlines started charging you for going to the toilet.

What is a surprise is that a politician is actually speaking out against United Airlines' new Basic Economy fares.

Or, as they're known in these pages, Sub-Cattle Class.

This is a class that takes away almost every choice a coach traveler thought they had, in exchange for an allegedly cheaper fare.

It even prevents passengers from bringing a carry-on on board. Seriously. Unless, of course, the passenger pays for the "privilege."

And now a senior politician has actually spoken up against the idea, which is due to launch in January.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York told the New York Post: "No matter the ticket price, the overhead bin should be free."

He declared, in addition, that he would fight United's idea "relentlessly."

Of course, politicians say many things and my independent research shows that approximately 0.2 percent of them are ever true.

It's heartening, though, that someone of influence is at least recognizing that airlines have merrily trodden all over passengers in the desperate desire to make profits that defy the imagination or even reason.

From charging for checked bags to, yes, charging you more to sit next to your kids, they have shown all the heart and humanity of a lion shoveling a rat up its nose.

As Schumer himself said: "Air travelers are sick and tired of being nickel-and-dimed for every bag they carry and every morsel they eat by airlines that are already making sky-high profits."

I asked United what it thought of Schumer's combative words. I feared there might be a new fee for asking for comment. But, no.

"Our basic economy fare provides additional choice for our customers that they asked for. For customers who want to bring a carry-on, we have regular economy fares to meet their needs," a United spokeswoman told me.

Some might sniff that everyone used to think that bringing a carry-on was so basic that no airline would ever think of charging for it.

You know where this is all heading.

Once those who pay (supposedly) cheaper fares accept that there will be a charge for overhead bins, United -- and other airlines, surely -- will move that charge further up the plane to those who pay more.

Lo and behold the gold, more profits.

But when there's not quite enough competition, it's easy for airlines to keep on doing this.

Perhaps passengers will organize a protest, book seats in Sub-Cattle Class and insist on boarding in just their underwear.

Perhaps the President-elect can join the fight too. It's not as if he's ever had to pay for an overhead bin?