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More Airlines Fees Predicted For 2011

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The cost of flying keeps going up... and the experts say that includes the fees tacked onto the price of a ticket. Everything from having a carry-on bag to that soft drink could cost you more.  And we could expect even more in 2011.

Airline analyst Rick Seaney, founder of FareCompare.com,  told ABC News to brace for these new fees in the coming year:

  • No more free flights for infants.
  • No more free drinks, even Diet Cokes or orange juice.
  • And no more heavy carry-on bags.  If it's over 25 pounds, pull out your wallet.

Last summer alone, airlines made more than half their revenue... $2.1 billion out of $3.8 billion... just on airfare fees.  That number doesn't include charging us for meals, headphones and blankets.

Some predict it's also only a matter of time before speaking to a human being at the airport will cost money.  "They are trying to minimize the number of humans between you and taking your flight," according to Seaney.  

So where's the line?  Seaney says the one thing they won't charge for is using the bathroom, as at least one carrier in Europe does.
    

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