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Delta Airlines Charges Extra Baggage Fees To Soldiers Returning From Afghanistan

Delta Airlines Charges Extra Baggage Fees To Soldiers Returning From Afghanistan

POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 11:36am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:02am

Two American soldiers have started a YouTube frenzy by posting their reactions to being charged $200 each by Delta Airlines to bring their luggage home from Afghanistan.

Staff Sgts. Fred Hilliker and Robert O’Hair filmed a video while on Flight 1625 and posted it on YouTube.

The soldiers says their military orders state that each soldier was allowed to check up to four bags free of charge. When they arrive at the airport, a Delta agent told the soldiers the policy was three checked bags per person for each flight and they would have to pay for the fourth bag.

In total, their unit was charged more than $2,800 in extra baggage fees.

“My extra bag was my weapons case,” said O’Hair. “I had my assault rifle, a grenade launcher and a 9-mm. pistol.”

The video was posted online last night and by lunch time today, it has more than 200,000 views. This may be why Delta has already reacted by changing their bag fee policy for troops. In statement attributed to an anonymous customer representative, fourth bags will be free for troops flying on Delta Airlines.

 The video has been deleted by the person who posted it. If it is available elsewhere, NewChannel 9 will keep you updated.  

We will keep you updated as we learn more.  

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I do hope that the $2,800 in fees charged to the unit was refunded? God Bless our troops!

Why were they flying commercial with weapons!?!? We always had to bring them back on our chartered return flights, aka Freedom Flights. If someone flew home before redeployment, be it for R&R, Emergency Leave or whatever, they were never allowed to take a weapon with them. They left it with the unit & it would be assigned to someone else (whomever had to carry extra weapons) on the final, chartered flight home as a unit redeploying, but never on a commercial flight with civilians. ???

Way to go Delta.... That's how you treat the soldiers that protect you and your business ????? I'm sure you will loose a lot of customers for this boo boo.

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