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Airlines collect $1.38 billion in baggage, reservation fees

September 13, 2011 | 10:52 am

The nation's largest airlines collected $1.38 billion for charging passengers to check baggage and change reservations in the first three months of the year, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported Tuesday.

The total represents a 4% increase over the $1.32 billion that the same airlines collected in the same period in 2010.

Airlines are only required to itemize for the federal government fees collected from passengers to check luggage and change reservations.

But a law proposed in July by the Department of Transportation would require airlines to report 16 additional fees, including charges for food, drinks, entertainment, pet transportation, pillows, blankets and on-board Internet access.

The federal agency is accepting public comment on the proposed rule at

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