NEW YORK (WKOW) -- U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year. That's the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.
According to the Bureau of Transportation statistics, Delta Air Lines Inc. collected the most in baggage fees of any airline: nearly $430 million from January through June. The slightly larger United Airlines -- part of United Continental Holdings Inc. -- followed with $351 million in bag fees.
Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since.
Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.