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Flying is going to get even worse

Every time the airlines announce a new change, I'm reminded of the South Park episode where Mr. Garrison invents an efficient but awkward competitor to the airlines.  (How's that for being PC?)  This article points out the inevitable: We're all going to suffer because of the decision to charge for checked baggage.

Fairfax, Va. - Flying with luggage this summer? It's going to cost you. Last week, United Airlines and US Airways joined American Airlines in charging for even one checked bag. Additional bags cost more.

"With record-breaking fuel prices, we must pursue new revenue opportunities while continuing to offer competitive fares, by tailoring our products and services around what our customers value most and are willing to pay for," a United official explained.

On the surface, that seems like a reasonable rationale and business strategy. But anyone who flies regularly knows what a disaster this will be.

Many passengers will simply avoid the fees by stuffing more and more of their belongings into the cabin. With overhead compartment and seat space already scarce, this policy could turn many flight boardings into a running of the bulls.  Source: Airlines are charging for the wrong bags | csmonitor.com

I am so not looking forward to flying.