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Baggage fee charges skyrocket past three years

Posted at 2:56 PM on November 29, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

Anyone who's flown the past few years knows bag fees have blossomed. But I didn't realize how much we've paid until I looked at the data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Fees collected jumped more than seven-fold between 2007 and 2010, from about about $465 million to nearly $3.4 billion.

Click on the charts to see the data.

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In that same period, the number of domestic passengers on U.S. carriers fell by about 50 million.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.