N0. 10: Airline fees

The world's airlines lost $11 billion in 2009, with passenger demand down more than 4 percent, according to the International Air Transport Association. One fiscal bright spot was the trend toward charging fees for everything from baggage to shorter security lines. The nickel-and-diming strategy added up for carriers, as Delta  raked in $129.5 million for baggage fees in the third quarter alone, a 173 percent increase over the year-ago period.  Bucking the trend, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP014240" title="Southwest Airlines" href="/topic/business/transportation-industry/air-transportation-industry/southwest-airlines-ORCRP014240.topic">Southwest Airlines</a> trumpeted its "bags fly free" policy, helping to spur a 5 percent increase in passenger traffic during the third quarter compared with the same period in  2008.<br>
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<I>A traveler walks past a sign displaying fees for checked baggage fees on American Airlines flights. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)</I>
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The world's airlines lost $11 billion in 2009, with passenger demand down more than 4 percent, according to the International Air Transport Association. One fiscal bright spot was the trend toward charging fees for everything from baggage to shorter security lines. The nickel-and-diming strategy added up for carriers, as Delta raked in $129.5 million for baggage fees in the third quarter alone, a 173 percent increase over the year-ago period. Bucking the trend, Southwest Airlines trumpeted its "bags fly free" policy, helping to spur a 5 percent increase in passenger traffic during the third quarter compared with the same period in 2008.

A traveler walks past a sign displaying fees for checked baggage fees on American Airlines flights. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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