Major airline forces soldiers to pay for extra baggage

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 8:15pm

Some American soldiers returning from Afghanistan are a little outraged after Delta Airlines charged their group nearly $3,000 for extra luggage.

Soldiers coming home often get a heroes' welcome, but not this time, says U.S. Army Staff Sergeants Frederick Hilliker and Robert O'hair.

O'hair says their army orders authorize four bags, but Delta only allows three bags.

Delta charged each of the 34 soldiers $200 each, coming to a total of over $2,800.

These troops say those extra bags were not packed with souvenirs.

O’hair said, "For me, it was a weapons case, holding my M-4, a grenade launcher, and a 9 MM: the tools I use to protect myself and Afghan citizens while I was deployed."

Airline spokeswoman Betsy Talton says Delta has great appreciation for our military, allowing four complimentary checked bags in first and business class and three bags in coach.

The unexpected expense has these soldiers feeling unappreciated.

The soldiers expect to be reimbursed after turning in their receipts to the army.

Meanwhile, Delta released an improved policy saying they’ve increased its free checked baggage allotment for U.S. military traveling on orders in economy class from three to four checked bags.

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