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" Lalu asked File image of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav Reuters The former Bihar Chief Minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power "because we are divided" "In the name of protecting the cow people have been killed Farmers have been committing suicide There is a dangerous situation in the country" RJD leaders including Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui as well as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav the two sons of Lalu Prasad attended the meeting Laluand Nitishhad recently expresseddifferences over their choice ofpresidential candidate While Kumar had extended support to Ram Nath Kovind Lalu went with the Opposition’s Meira Kumar Kumar had further refused to reconsider his support RJD also later backedCongress’ decision to boycott Friday’s GST session of Parliament Meanwhile Nitishsent commerce minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav for the session instead of state finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui who is a RJD leader With inputs from IANS Savvy airline passengers are working the system in order to skip annoying baggage fees So why are you still forking out $30 to check a bag when you fly Checked baggage fees have been around for so long that they no longer catch flyers off guard In fact according to one traveler survey passengers have grown so accustomed to baggage fees that we’re increasingly inclined to deem them “reasonable” That doesn’t mean that flyers are overjoyed to pay them In fact data was just released indicating that travelers are getting better at avoiding them According to the Department of Transportation airlines operating in the US collected $797 million in baggage fees during the fourth quarter of 2013 and $335 billion in baggage fees for the entire year Those are huge numbers but they actually represent a decline from the year before: Baggage fees for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $823 million while the sum for all of 2012 was $349 billion In other words the airlines took in roughly $100 million less in passenger baggage fees last year As anyone who has flown recently can attest the decline in paid baggage fees is taking place at a time when planes are more crowded than ever (so it’s not a matter of fewer people flying) and when both the variety and average price for baggage fees have been on the rise (so it’s not like airlines are getting rid of them as a revenue-raising tactic) What’s been happening is simply that travelers have gotten better at working the system They’re planning ahead and proactively figuring out ways to avoid paying baggage fees The simplest way to skip the checked luggage fee is by packing less and flying only with a carry-onprovided of course that the airline you’ve booked with doesn’t charge for carry-ons (While more airlines are charging for carry-ons they remain the exception for now) While this strategy is a money saver for airline passengers its widespread adoption has also resulted in an especially chaotic ugly and unpleasant scene during the plane boarding process as a recent Christopher Elliott column explained with agitated pushy passengers all jostling to find space in overhead bins for the bags they didn’t want to pay a fee to check (It also must be noted that Southwest Airlines and JetBlue allow all passengers to check at least one bag free of charge That’s great for travelers but there’s nothing new about these policies so they aren’t major factors explaining why baggage fees overall have dropped) Another line of strategy travelers are using to avoid baggage fees is one that the airlines themselves must love: signing up for an airline-affiliated credit card and/or attaining a high frequent flier status Both of these ploys usually allow the traveler one free checked bag on domestic flights Airlines encourage passengers to embrace these options because the benefits of boosted revenues via customer loyalty and credit card fees outweigh the losses incurred because these travelers aren’t paying baggage fees out of pocket As aviation consultant Robert Mann explained to the Associated Press about the decline in baggage fees “You have more people exempt (from the fee) because they use the right credit card or they get status in the airline’s loyalty program” Despite the fall in baggage fees the airline business is booming The $335 billion collected in baggage fees last year represents only 17% of airlines’ total operating revenue The airlines collected $28 billion in reservation change fees in 2013 up from $25 billion the year before Most importantly the airlines took in $1206 billion in faresjust the price of flightsand $1997 billion in revenues overall for a net profit of $127 billion last year compared to $98 million in 2012 So despite travelers becoming more savvy about baggage fee avoidances the airlines are doing just fine thank you Perhaps as a sign for what’s to come for travelers no airline is doing better than the most fee-crazed carrier of all As the 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