Just as sure as the sun will rise each day, airlines will find another way to squeeze more money out us, right?

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Right. So, hold on to your wallet if you're flying Delta Airlines out of Minnesota (or anywhere, I guess.) They just announced that they're raising their fees...again. So what is it this time? Are they charging more for window seats? Maybe implementing a fee to use the bathroom?

While those are good guesses (and, really, just how long will it be before they implement THOSE made-up fees?!?), it's actually the fee you pay to check a bag that Delta is raising. According to this Forbes.com story, Delta is joining fellow airlines United and Jet Blue, who both raised their checked-bag fees yesterday as well.

So how much is Delta going to ding you just for putting your baggage on the plane for you? Well, that'd be another $5 per bag. This Star-Tribune story says that the new fees will bring the total to check a bag on Delta flight to $30 for your first bag, and another $40 for your second checked bag.

Nice. (<--- Note the sarcasm font I used there.)

I don't fly all that often-- only once or so a year, if that-- but I'm old enough to remember when the airlines let you take your bags with you... for free! (Although, I guess Southwest still does that.) Of course, Delta noted that the new fees don't apply if you're one of their bigwig, fancy-pants Elite passengers or have a Delta credit card.

And don't kid yourself, all these fees the airlines squeeze out of us are big business-- Forbes noted that domestic carriers in the U.S. raised $7.4 billion-- yes, that's BILLION-- on checked-bag and ticket change fees last year!

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