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In this Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 file photo, Delta Air Lines ramp agents unload bags from a flight arriving at JFK International airport in New York. U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period. Delta Air Lines Inc. once again claimed the title as the airline collecting the most in baggage fees: nearly $430 million from January through June. The slightly larger United Airlines, part of United Continental Holdings Inc., followed with $351 million in bag fees, according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation statistics released Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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Airlines set bag fee record in first half of year

U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

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