Bend over, Air Traveler, and get ready to help contribute to record baggage fees.
If you’re unlike me, as in you don’t structure your life so that you almost never go more than 15 miles from your house, you might be interested to know just how much airlines are collecting in baggage and ticket change fees. It’s approximately $500,000 a month.
From the Toronto Sun:
U.S. airlines continue to collect record fees from passengers who check suitcases or make changes to their reservations. In the first three months of this year, airlines took in $1.6 billion in such fees, up 7.4% from the same period last year.
I think the airlines have conditioned us to accept that air travel is going to be a miserable experience, just a half notch about a ride on a crowded Third World bus. Do you agree? Have you experienced issues trying to carry your bag on a plane?