Less is more for the airlines again


Does it shock you that there's another fee to be had for the airlines? It shouldn't. We know more fees are coming, I just thought they would have been a little more creative about it. This one is boring: American Airlines is going to charge $15 to check one bag.

That's right. If you want to check any bag at all, you have to pay. Airplanes are already bombarded by too-big rolling suitcases that quickly fill the overhead bins. If you're sitting at the front of the plane, the chances that someone from the back has already filled your overhead bin with their monstrous carry-on have just gone up.

Industry experts say the logic here is simple: Customers will only pay so much for an airline ticket. If the tickets go above a certain level, it starts scaring passengers away. But they say passengers are willing to pay fees for extras.