June 13, 2011
The Associated Press . Christian Noriega of Hayward Calif., with an umbrella on his side checks in at the Philadelphia International Airport Monday, June 13, 2011, in Philadelphia. Noriega said he spent about $163 to check three bags with American Airlines. The government says that airlines collected $3.4 billion in baggage fees last year, up 24 percent from 2009.
Stories this photo appears in:
NEW YORK -- U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 percent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money.