This is it! American Airlines just jumped in the bandwagon of airlines that charges for the checked bags.  They will also cut some of their flights.

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American Airlines will start charging $15 for the first checked bag, cut domestic flights and lay off possibly thousands of workers as it grapples with record-high fuel prices.

American plans to cut domestic flight capacity by 11 percent to 12 percent in the fourth quarter, after the peak summer season is over. That’s more than double American’s previous plans to cut flying by 4.6 percent in late 2008.

In a further sign of the problems facing the industry, Southwest Airlines Co., the most consistently profitable U.S. carrier, won’t earn as much the rest of this year as it did in the same period of 2007, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said.

American, the nation’s largest carrier, said Wednesday the fee for the first checked bag starts June 15 and that it would raise other fees for services ranging from reservation help to oversized bags. The other fees will mostly range from $5 to $50 per service, the airline said.

Last month American announced it would join other carriers in charging $25 for second bags checked for some passengers, but it wasn’t immediately clear how Wednesday’s announcement would affect that.

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