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Scott McCartney on Air Travelers' Turbulent Times

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Scott McCartney on Air Travelers' Turbulent Times

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Scott McCartney on Air Travelers' Turbulent Times

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Earlier this month, several U.S. airlines began charging $25 for coach passengers who want to check a second bag on domestic flights, breaking from a longstanding policy of allowing two checked bags for free.

This change continues a general trend in which airline travel is getting more confusing, frustrating and expensive. Scott McCartney, who writes the "Middle Seat" column for The Wall Street Journal, joins Fresh Air to talk about the state of the industry — and the passenger.

An instrument-rated private pilot, McCartney has been on the Journal's airline and aviation beat for 12 years. He was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.