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#1 Hum

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:43

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.

One of the bags was determined to be suspicious. “The Bomb Disposal Unit responded and deployed a robot to investigate the luggage," said Christina Faine, spokeswoman for the airport, in an email. "After X-raying the bag, the bomb techs cleared the contents and determined that there was no threat.”

The TSA’s Feinstein said the passenger was identified and law enforcement officials with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates JFK Airport, met the flight and interviewed him when he arrived. Officials determined there was no criminal intent by the passenger.

A Delta spokesman said unattended bags are not a common issue for the airline.

Anyone who’s flown in the past few years knows how airlines nickel-and-dime passengers on food, drinks, baggage, seat selection, early boarding and wi-fi. And it’s getting worse. A report published in May by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that U.S. airlines collected nearly $3.5 billion in baggage fees from passengers in 2012, up from $3.48 billion in 2011. And Delta Air Lines (DAL) has sat at the top of the list every year since 2009, according to the bureau. In the first quarter of 2013, Delta brought in $191 million in baggage fees – the highest amount – followed by United, US Airways and American Airlines.

Baggage fees on Delta are currently $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for the second checked bag (both on domestic flights). Delta allows up to 10 bags to be checked per passenger on flights, but you’ll have to pay. Your third checked bag costs $125 and bags 4-10 are $200 each.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:49

With fees that obscene I don't blame them.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:54

I was in a similar situation once when I had to pay ~150USD for having an overweight bag. Since then, I've developed a habit of checking airline's luggage policy before packing my bags.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:55

That's freaking crazy. I'd leave the bags too if that was me.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:57

Delta airlines yet again.  :rolleyes:



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:57

I don't understand who's traveling with that many bags and doesn't know that there are restrictions in place, why did they they need that many for a trip?



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 13:59

Dumped 4 bags!? What were they doing - moving house?!

 

I don't get this "overweight" thing...if you think you have a heavy bag, weigh it before you leave home/get on the plane?

 

It's like saying cops having speed cameras is "revenue raising" - just don't speed and you wont get fined!



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 14:03

I think chartering your own plane would be cheaper. :s



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 14:09

and this is the reason that when i have to fly commercial (which i usually dont) i never check a back, I bring a laptop bag, and a backpack, and they are allowed as carry on items.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 14:10

is delta a 'low cost' airline?



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 14:31

is delta a 'low cost' airline?

 

Actually, I'd say they're more of a "really really high cost" airline! :rofl:

 

(I know what you meant :p )



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 16:38

Dumped 4 bags!? What were they doing - moving house?!

 

I don't get this "overweight" thing...if you think you have a heavy bag, weigh it before you leave home/get on the plane?

Maybe he had his 'ex' wife packed ... :ninja:



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:05

That's freaking crazy. I'd leave the bags too if that was me.

Same here. It'd be cheaper to buy new clothes at your destination.



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:09

is delta a 'low cost' airline?

 

Not really, but Delta sometimes stands for "Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport"



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 22:11

Don't blame the guy, that's an obscene levy obviously milking people who've packed too much.

When I went on holiday in June, we were in the check-in line, and one of the other check-in lines for another flight caught out a gang of men with too much luggage, so they did what any honourable men would do, and put on the clothes until they were under the limit. They walked away looking like a bunch of very fat men, proud of beating the system. I was proud of them too :yes: