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December 31, 2008

Airline Baggage Charges

Last week, Daily Traveler reader bsaylor13 asked: As I recall, I saw somewhere that if there were no charges in place for an airline to charge for checked bags when the reservation was made, that the airline cannot charge when the flight is used if it occurs sometime after the reservation was confirmed.

Yes, bsaylor13, that is correct. Check out airline industry expert Barbara S. Peterson's story in Condé Nast Traveler's December issue, "Navigating Air Travel's New Reality". In it, she explains that the DOT had warned airlines not to charge the fee retroactively . . . apparently after one major airline had attempted to do just that.   

More questions? Ask away.

Further reading:
* Delta Baggage Fee Update
* Passenger Rights Bill Left at the Gate in Washington
* Airlines Embarrassed Over Bag Fee Brouhaha
* Luggage Fees: Watch the Deals . . . and Your Wallet
* Airline Fee Frenzy: When Will It End?
* On the Fly: The airline industry


It is fortunate that substantial elements of air travel and aircraft operations are automated, thereby leaving less decision-making to the ill-conceived planning of airline "executives" and "experts" that only "...confuses efforts with results...," making already tedious, uncomfortable travel even more difficult, inefficient, and expensive for everyone.

I've heard how unsafe it is that the overhead bins are being overstuffed as a result. The latch is not designed for much more that turbulence. A cargo area is the way the plane is designed to carry luggage and can help in a runway accident--instead of having carry-ons drop on your head, of course.--

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