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Congress looks into extra airline fees

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Frequent airline travelers are often fed up with fees tacked onto their flight, but now Congress is stepping in to investigate where that money is going.

The House Transportation Subcommittee met in Washington Wednesday to review whether airlines should be forced to disclose a complete list of fees.

Statistics show airlines collect nearly $7.8 billion each year for baggage, seat selection, and other services. Airlines charge more than 100 different fees, ranging from holiday surcharges to booking flights over the phone.

Air carriers argue those add-on fees actually save passengers money because travelers only pay for what they want.

However, travelers at Myrtle Beach International Airport, like Ken Bridgeman, say enough is enough.

"That is totally ridiculous," said Bridgeman. "They are just wanting to tack on charges left and right. They can't do that. They just can't do that to people."

Bridgeman said he thinks airlines should be made more accountable for where that money goes.

"They absolutely should spell out every single charge they're going to do," said Bridgeman.

Amelia Grayson agreed. She said she would appreciate knowing where all of her money is going, especially now that she has to spend more of it when she flies.

"I don't know why they want to charge us extra for our bags, they never used to charge," said Grayson.

She added that even though Congress may get involved, it likely will not affect the amounts the airlines charge.

"Once they go up on the price, it's not coming down," explained Grayson.

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