A passenger on Delta Airlines early Tuesday left four of his seven bags at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, apparently because he didn’t want to pay more than $1,000 in baggage fees.
NBC News reported Tuesday that the passenger, who was en route to New York’s JFK Airport, abandoned four bags to avoid $1,400 in fees. Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, said the TSA was notified of the unattended luggage at around 1 a.m. local Seattle time near the check-in area for Delta Airlines. As a precaution, law enforcement responded to clear the bags
Hard to believe but we just hit the fifth anniversary of first checked-baggage fees. The dubious honor of setting this irksome precedent goes to American Airlines which started it all back in May of 2008.
This then-amazing development was reported with the kind of crazed zeal usually displayed by tabloids hot on the trail of a Kardashian birth. I remember one post on the new fee that asked, "What are they thinking?" That sounds so naïve. What they were thinking was how to make more money and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
So, first airlines charged passengers for checking bags. Then they increased those fees. A lot. And added more of them. Now they want to penalize passengers for carrying on anything larger than a purse? There is a better option, you know. Use Paradise Porters!