Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | June 10, 2011

Airlines remove excess bag fees for military

There was a YouTube clip that was flying around the internet about soldiers coming home from Afghanistan only to be charged for their bags. The fourth bag that they had to check on delta were their weapons they use to defend themselves from the dangers in that country. Delta has since changed their ways, the associated press reporting.

DENVER (AP) – Several airlines have agreed to remove excess-bag fees for the military after a Colorado soldier and a buddy posted a video on the Internet complaining that Delta Air Lines made their unit pay $2,800 for extra checked bags.

Staff Sgt. Robert O’Hair of Brighton said his Army Reserve unit had been in Afghanistan for nearly a year. Their unit was flying between Baltimore and Atlanta.

According to the Denver Post, 14 members of the 36-soldier unit had checked four bags under Army orders. Delta, which allowed three free bags for active-duty military, charged $200 per excess bag.

Delta apologized and changed its baggage policy to allow active-duty military traveling in economy class to check four bags for free.

United and American also changed their policies.

-The Associated Press-

what? No clip? Oh thought we had a clip there… Apparently it was removed by the user.

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