United Airlines charges war hero $200 for overweight bags coming home from Afghanistan


As reported by FOX7 Austin, a National Guard soldier says United Airlines charged him $200 for an overweight bag that was full of his military gear, after serving 21 months in Afghanistan. The heavy items in his bag included his Kevlar vest, boots and two helmets. 1st Lt. John Rader told the station after flying to his home in Kyle, Texas

“I was told point blank that I’d have to pay $200 for the overage or find another bag to siphon stuff off with. I didn’t have another bag so I was caught in a bind, do I go home without my stuff or without it?”

United Airlines does have a policy for active military members, but it states the passenger can only have five free bags checked if all bags are under 70 pounds. Others airlines allow for the bags to be up to 100 pounds. Rader did pay the fee, but said as far as empathy, there was none saying:

“I’m not looking for sympathy, but some form of empathy in the situation. There was none of that. It was just  cold. I had to either pay or leave the bag.”

United Airlines has offered to refund the fee, but Rader said he wants to try to change the policy saying:

“I just want to make sure soldiers are cared for going forward.”

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