Why Airlines Are Nickel and Dime-ing You

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The trend of charging for anything and everything is not going away soon. In fact, I'll go out on a very sturdy limb and say, it's not going away at all. But you can skirt around many charges, with just a little pre-planning: bring your own food, your own headsets, and pack light so you can carry your own bags onboard yourself.

Oh, and leave Sparky at home — he probably hates the rigors of today's air travel just as much as the rest of us.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations, including ABC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Associated Press and Bloomberg. His Web site FareCompare.com offers consumers free, new-generation software combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deal.

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