Returning G.I.s Ambushed by Airline Fees

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 2:08 PM EDT
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Returning G.I.s Ambushed by Airline Fees

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G.I.'s returning from Afghanistan felt like they got ambushed by airline fees at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Soldiers on Tuesday say that they had to pay Delta Air Lines $2,800 out of pocket to check extra bags, including at least one case carrying a grenade launcher.

In a video posted on YouTube, the soldiers say their Army orders authorized them to bring up to four bags with them as they returned from Afghanistan to Fort Polk in Louisiana.

They say when their 34-member unit checked in at Baltimore-Washington International Airport for Delta flight 1625 on Tuesday, the airline charged them $200 each if they had a fourth
bag.

One staff sergeant says in the video that his fourth bag was a weapons case containing his M4 carbine rifle, a grenade launcher and a 9 millimeter pistol.

On Tuesday afternoon, Delta announced that it was upping it baggage allowance for service members, from 3 bags to 4.

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