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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Chris Turner tagged airlines

"In the same breath that it used to announce a $213 million second-quarter loss, Continental said it will add a $5 surcharge to bag fees paid at the airport. Passengers can avoid the surcharge by paying the fee online. The new airport fees, which come to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second, are effective immediately for travel August 19 and beyond.

"Delta is also adding a $5 surcharge, effective for tickets booked on or after July 16 for travel on or after August 4. Delta's airport bag fees will also jump to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second."

That's right, you pay a fee for paying a fee. Have these buffoons give any thought to the fact that part of their profit losses may have to do with the incredibly crappy customer service they deliver? Just keep sending more business to Southwest, morons.

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A collection of fees beyond your ticket for each airline, from checked bags to snacks to onboard wifi. As the article says, no one's charging to use the lavatory. Yet.

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Great article on the symbiotic relationship a community has with business. Great reminder of the inherent selfish nature of people, too.

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The FAQ on the new $15 for the first checked bag policy, and the few exceptions. I think we'll be looking to fly Southwest more in the future.

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"We're bleeding cash. What can we do to make up the shortfall?" "Reduce our number of flights & give great customer service?" "Nah, let's just nickel & dime our customers until they won't fly us any more."

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