Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation reported that US airlines made a staggering $3.4 billion from baggage fees alone in the past year. The report attracted attention from the national media, including comedian Conan O’Brien. Earlier this week, Mr. O’Brien attempted to get to the bottom of the baggage fee fiasco during an interview with ficticious airline spokesman Tony Kent.
While O’Brien makes light of the situation, many Americans are far from happy with the growing cost of airline fees. In addition to the $3.4 billion in bag fees, the report states that airlines made an additional $2.3 billion off itinerary changes.