U.S. airlines charged $1.5 billion in checked baggage fees during the second quarter of 2019, according to new data released this week by the Department of Transportation.
During the first six months of 2019 checked bag fees totaled $2.8 billion, putting airlines on pace to beat last year's record $4.9 billion haul from bag fees. But as Gary Leff, aerospace and defense contributor at Forbes Magazine writes, airlines aren't actually making nearly $5 billion on these fees that consumers love to hate. It’s all about the taxes. Read the story at Forbes.com