THE FRIENDLY SKIES….Here’s the latest news from the airline industry’s continuing effort to piss off the most people for the least return:

United Airlines will begin charging some passengers $50 to check in a second piece of luggage on domestic round-trip flights, becoming the first big carrier to impose a fee for a service that has long been included in the price of a ticket.

As of late Monday no other major carrier had followed United, but some analysts said that if the move didn’t generate significant resistance from consumers, the traditional two-free-bag rule was likely to go the way of other amenities such as free meals and pillows.

Sounds like a boon for makers of large suitcases.

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