By Carol Pucci
Seattle Times travel writer
First went the free meals, pillows, blankets and peanuts. Then came the extra fees for booking over the phone, flying your pet and checking a second bag.
Now, for the first time, a major U.S. airline says it will begin charging many passengers to check even one bag, a move that's angered customers amid predictions that it will spread to other carriers and cause havoc during the peak summer-travel season.
Hit hard with record-high fuel costs and an aging, gas-guzzling fleet, American Airlines, the nation's largest carrier, said Wednesday it will begin charging some domestic economy-class passengers $15 each way for the first checked bag. "LINK"
I understand that fuel costs are increasing and I also know that what I pay for a plane ticket has increased as well over the last few years.
Butt how does paying $15.00 for a checked piece of luggage help defray the fuel cost?
I can carry my bag on and place in the nice overhead for free and not help offset the fuel cost. The bag is still on the same plane, the plane still weighs the same, the plane will still use the same amount of fuel please explain how this make sense. I am not a very smart man so I'm sure that I'm just overlooking something.