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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.

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Airlines collected $3.4B in bag fees in 2010

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.


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