Airlines collected $1.7B in baggage fees

September 26, 2012 8:34:18 PM PDT
A new federal report out shows where a lot of our money is going these days each time we fly. Ticket prices may be going through the roof, but the real money is in the bag.

The Department of Transportation reported that airlines in the first half of this year collected a record $1.7 billion in baggage fees. Those fees start at $25, but really add up. Genevieve Shaw Brown is a travel and lifestyle editor with ABC News.

"Fees are not going to go away. If anything, they're going to get higher," said Shaw Brown.

Topping that list is Delta Airlines collecting nearly $430 million. Number two is United Airlines at $351 million.