By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 22, 2008
Filed at 6:59 a.m. ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- Never mind the free lunch. Almost nothing is complimentary on airlines anymore, not even what many passengers consider a simple necessity: a single checked bag.
Under a plan announced Wednesday by American Airlines, passengers already forced to pay extra for amenities like earphones, meals and even snacks will have to pay $15 to check a basic piece of baggage.
Some other carriers are already charging for extra legroom in exit rows. What's next?
''Pay toilets in the coach cabin maybe,'' joked longtime airline consultant Mike Boyd.