Avoid 'insulting fees' like checked baggage and overdraft

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  • Juan Figuroa Seattle, WA
    Dec. 17, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    What we need, Hutterite, is a government agency to set rules for every business, including telling grocers what they may charge for bananas. Then the agency can require that every American be given a full-time job, with high pay and good benefits. Then it can order that every schoolgirl be a cheerleader, and every boy captain of the football team. And order every child to be obedient and good. And every adult to be happily married. Finally, that agency can mandate world peace. And that's how you solve all the problems.

  • zabivka Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 5:10 p.m.


    I'm glad you pointed this out. People get so offended by fees, but that's how capitalism works, and it's the system that we have in place in this country. I, for one, actually appreciate the checked baggage fee, because it allows me to fly for less when I'm only going somewhere overnight; it allows those who are making tickets more expensive to pull their weight, so to speak. It's no different than bad drivers having to pay a higher insurance premium--they simply cost more.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Hutterite, how about letting the free market work, as is suggested by this article? If you don't like the luggage fees on Delta, fly Southwest or don't fly at all. If enough people avoid Delta in order to avoid luggage fees, then I will bet money that Delta will drop their luggage fees.

    Companies set fees to stay in business. But if they don't get customers they will sacrifice profits in order to generate some business and live to serve customers another day.

    We need to stop looking to the government to solve all of our problems.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    What there needs to be is consumer protection legislation that defines, especially in the airline industry, what services an airline ticket should include which applies to all airlines. The way things are going with their outbundling of prices soon everyone shall be able to fly free and extras will include seats, washrooms, and doors on the aircraft. Enough already.