U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.
Airlines started collecting baggage fees in 2008.
Delta collected the most fees — $430 million in baggage fees in the first six months of the year.
United Airlines collected $351 million.
Associated Press Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz reports that with razor thin margins, fees are the only way the airlines make a profit.
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