Years ago, the airline industry provided passengers with niceties including hot meals, snacks and beverages at no additional charge. Now customers can hardly turn around without encountering a new fee for checked bags, seats with extra leg-room or early boarding privileges. Getting a bag of peanuts on some flights is impossible, and some airlines now charge fees even for carry-on bags. All these tagged-on expenses are part of the airlines' attempt to compensate for the rising cost of fuel prices while still offering relatively low fares.
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