Northwest to start charging for a second bag

Add Northwest to the growing list of airlines charging passengers for checking a second bag. Delta, United, and US Airways recently changed their policies, and now Northwest has jumped on the bandwagon and will begin to charge passengers $25 each way for that second checked bag starting on May 5.

According to this Business Week article, the airline is also doubling its fee for overweight bags to $50. The new second-bag rule won't apply to first-class passengers, who will still get three bags for free.

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My guess is that to avoid these fees, passengers will begin checking larger bags and trying to carry on more stuff. So get ready for more back problems and slower boarding.

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