The skyrocketing price of petrol has convinced US Airways to add a $25 charge for checking a second bag unless you are in a committed relationship, a member of a “loyalty program”, with the company. This move adds to the increasing trend towards individual responsibility instead of the general market absorbing additional costs. If the plane uses more fuel because of your extra bag, you pay the extra cost. How about charging plus sized humans more for a ride than their slimmer counterparts? The airline will institute this new charge on May fifth and expects to collect an extra $75 million to offset their increased cost. Although the cost of crude is the impetus for the new fee, it is uncertain if US Airways intends to invest any of the increased value of its shares towards research into alternate fuels or more efficient fuel usage.

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