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CONSUMER ALERT: Some Airline Fees Up By Over 50%

CONSUMER ALERT: Airline fees are steadily increasing — some by more than 50% since a year ago, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The analysis, which compared 13 U.S. airlines' fees today with those in effect in June 2009, also reveals that passengers are encountering new types of fees.

Six big U.S. carriers now have priority boarding fees, and Spirit Airlines has begun charging for carry-on bags.

The numerous fees are a sore subject for many fliers, but their dissatisfaction hasn't deterred airlines from bringing in record revenue from additional fees.

U.S. airlines brought in $2.1 billion in ancillary revenue during this year's second quarter, including nearly $893 million from checked-bag fees and about $600 million from changed reservations, government statistics released Sept. 20 show.

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