On Tuesday, a Delta Air Lines passenger travelling from Seattle to New York’s JFK Airport reportedly abandoned his bags at the check-in area in order to avoid $1,400 in overweight baggage fees.
The area around the Delta check-in desk at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport closed down for two hours while officials at the airport inspected the discarded luggage. Airport security determined that the bags were harmless, and the Delta passenger was detained and questioned after he touched down at JFK.
“Law enforcement officials with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey met the flight and interviewed the passenger upon arrival at JFK,” said TSA spokesperson Ross Feinstein. Authorities concluded that the traveler meant no malicious intent, and simply wanted to avoid the exorbitant fees charged for his luggage.
Delta Airlines charges $25 for a single piece of luggage, $35 for the second, $125 for the third, and $200 apiece for additional bags. But with added fees for exceeding stated weight limits, it may not be difficult to see how the passenger accrued a $1,400 fee.
“If an extra piece of baggage exceeds the weight and size limits, it will be subject to three fees: one for the extra bag, one for exceeding the weight limit and one for going over the size restriction. Feels are charged for each additional bag, each way,” states Delta’s website.
According to the Department of Transportation, Delta Airlines charged more in baggage fees in 2012 than any other domestic airline, collecting over $865 million. All the U.S. airlines combined amassed a total of nearly $3.5 billion in baggage fees last year.