Airlines charging for a second bag was bad enough, though perhaps understandable given current economic conditions.
But now American Airlines is charging $15 for the first bag checked?
This marks the first time an airline has charged passengers for bringing a suitcase.
The entire point of an airline's existence is to fly people from Point A to Point B and back again. Very often passengers are going to be staying at Point B a while and need more luggage than they can stow in an overhead compartment.
Charging "extra" for such a basic service, handling a single suitcase per passenger, is the height of absurdity.