News from Travel Technology Update: Of all the actions taken by the airlines to defend against high fuel costs, none has brought the gravity of the fuel crisis home to consumers quite like American Airlines' plan to charge most coach passengers $15 each way for the first checked bag. The high fuel costs are "the biggest threat to the world's airlines ever," Henry Harteveldt, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, said. Even in the dark days following 9/11, "we knew ...

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