Baggage Fees Set New Record
Posted at: 09/26/2012 6:15 PM
| Updated at: 09/26/2012 6:19 PM
By: Travis Dill, Eyewitness News
U.S. airlines made $1.7 billion by baggage fees in just the first six months of 2012 according to a report released Tuesday by the The Department of Transportation. This is a record setting profit for baggage fees in a six-month period.
Delta Airlines topped the list bringing in nearly $430 million while United Airlines was second on the list with $351 million.
In an email statement Delta Airlines attributed baggage fees to the cost of providing the flights.
Still, passengers at Duluth International Airport feel that the fees are unfair.
“I think we pay enough for our tickets that we shouldn’t have to pay for our baggage to fly also,” said passenger Pat Nelson. “I don’t know what choice we have though, they kind of have us at their mercy,” she said.
Passenger Shirley Umolac said she sometimes ships her luggage to her destination to save some money.
“When I travel for any distance I send everything UPS instead of using the baggage, and I know it’s going to get there actually,” Umolac said.