American Airlines, the last holdout of the legacy carriers in the decision to start charging for checking two bags, has taken the lead in the effort to charge for ALL checked luggage. Faced with a $3 billion expected increase in expenses due to fuel and other costs, AA has chosen to charge $15 for the first bag checked. They will also be increasing other charges, retiring a number of planes (~45-50) and cutting jobs as well as ~10% of their domestic capacity at the end of ’08. The new baggage charge goes into effect on June 15th.
I’d like to think that this won’t affect me personally since I haven’t checked a bag in a couple years now, but with more and more people pushed to pay for their bags I foresee more carrying them on. That means longer lines at security and less available space on the plane. Bad news indeed.
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