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This article was written on 14 Jun 2011, and is filled under Jet Set, The Wire.

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$3.4 Billion in Bags

A milli, a billi: U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in fees from their customers in 2010, with Delta and American leading the pack. The same day the Department of Transportation released numbers showing that in 2010 U.S. airlines pocketed $3.4 billion in fees for checked bags, trade groups for several carriers asked the DOT to extend a deadline that would require baggage fees be made more transparent to travelers. The groups claim that Aug. 23 is too early a date to properly train employees and update their systems.

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The same day the Department of Transportation released numbers showing that in 2010 U.S. airlines pocketed $3.4 billion in fees for checked bags, trade groups for several carriers asked the DOT to extend a deadline that would require baggage fees be made more transparent to travelers. The groups claim that Aug. 23 is too early a date to properly train employees and update their systems.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/06/14/u-s-airlines-took-in-3-4-billion-in-baggage-fees-last-year/#ixzz1PHyPKb24

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