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Delta Charges U.S. Troops Returning From Afghanistan $2,800 In Baggage Fees (VIDEO)

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posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 11:30 AM
I found this today and it really shocked me. It's bad enough that the TSA has to nearly rape you to get on a plane, but then they now want to rip off soldiers coming back from Afghanistan. Here's a snippet from the Article.

WASHINGTON -- Delta Air Lines is facing intense criticism after charging 34 U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan $2,800 in baggage fees.

The incident came to light on Tuesday after a couple of the new-media savvy soldiers recorded a video about their ordeal and posted it on YouTube.

"We showed up and found out we had too many bags," said Army Staff Sgt. Robert O'Hair in the video, which was shot on their flight. "We had four bags, and Delta Air Lines only allows three bags. Anything over three bags you have to pay for, even though there's a contract between the United States government and Delta Air Lines: When returning from Afghanistan on military orders, you're authorized up to four bags."

O'Hair added that all the soldiers with a fourth bag had to pay $200 out-of-pocket. The total for the 34 soldiers was more than $2,800. O'Hair's fourth piece of luggage was his weapons case, carrying the tools he used, in his words, to "protect myself and Afghan citizens while I was deployed in the country."

Full Story: nistan-baggage-fees_n_873027.html

posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 11:40 AM
reply to post by MKultraVideos

I didn't know that we had to pay for our job these days.

posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 11:41 AM
Crazy thing is it doesn't surprise me. Wait until soldiers have to buy their own bullets...

posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 11:50 AM
I'm sorta surprised but not in another way. However, I'll bet that when this gets public Delta will refund the money and change their policies real quick. It's a real shame and what's next a surcharge for a deceased veteran's coffin returning home after getting killed in one of our wars? Give me a break and Delta shame on you.

posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 12:03 PM
All they have to do is submit a travel claim/voucher to their unit and get reimbursed for it.

However, it never should've happened to begin with.

posted on Jun, 8 2011 @ 12:18 PM
This is another problem with our system. Everybody complains about defense spending, but what some do not seem to realize at times, it is things like this that in part makes things the way they are. When jackass companies raise or create fees and then start charging the government these inflated fees, if not for any other reason than "it is the government, they can afford, so lets rape them."

This is another area that needs attention. I am not saying the corporation is not entitled to make a profit, but come on there is a line to be drawn somewhere.

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