Airlines in the US collected $669.6 million in baggage fees in the second quarter, nearly four times more than the amount collected in the year-ago period and up 18.2% from the first quarter, helping boost operating margins nearly across the board, the US Dept. of Transportation reported yesterday. American Airlines led the way last quarter with $118.4 million in baggage revenue. Delta Air Lines (not including Northwest Airlines) was just $86,000 behind and US Airways took in $104.1 million. ...

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