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US Airways tacks on $5 fee at the airport

Geez, talk about french fries. US Airways already charges a $15 fee for the first checked bag, but now the airline is tacking on an extra $5 if you don't prepay the $15 when you check-in online for your flight. The new fee means beginning July 9 passengers pay 20 bucks to check your first bag at the airport and $30 for the second. Does everybody check in online nowadays? I don't know that that's the case. (I do. But I fly Southwest and if you don't check in online you have to sit on the wings.) Aren't they in effect penalizing people like my grandmother?

At this point we're all numb to the litany of fees. Earlier this week, Delta said they would charge $50 to check a second bag on overseas flights. Yawn. But couldn't US Airways use a little cloak and dagger? Do they have to make it so obvious when they pick your pocket? Naturally the airline said it was all about the convenience for the customer: "save time and money." But let's note the company lost $103 million in the first quarter. They're obviously not alone - the travel industry is suffering big time. But so are consumers.

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