Airlines to Begin Charging for a Second Bag
This was going to happen at some point, but I'm surprised that it's happening so quickly.
Five of the six major airlines in the United States plan to start charging coach passengers as much as $25 next month to check a second bag, the latest move in their quest to offset high fuel prices.
But while the airlines, and even some industry specialists, say they expect the new fees will primarily affect leisure travelers, business travelers beg to differ.
“For people traveling with samples or trade show materials, they’re going to find their costs are substantially higher,” an airline industry analyst, Robert Mann, said. “It’s really not limited to leisure travelers.”
Arguably, as it is already an expensive mode of travel, it's likely to be sooner than we think.