Airline passengers hate all those extra fees for bags and flight changes, and according to my emails and Twitter feed, many would like the extra perks to be "re-bundled" into fares (i.e., stop "nickel and diming us").
In the first half of 2012, U.S. airlines raked in $1.7 billion in baggage fees, the largest amount ever collected by the industry in a six-month period. But, with a little know-how and some planning ahead, you can beat 'em.
Before sitting beside me, my seat mate withdrew her carry-on bag and lifted it with great care. She set it on her lap and pressed it gently with her palms. The outside pocket seemed to undulate beneath her hand. This is what happens when I get up too early, I thought.