Delta Airlines passengers wait in line to check bags at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif.
Delta Airlines passengers wait in line to check bags at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif. - 

A USA Today study on airline fees says the fees airlines are charging for overweight bags and regular check-in luggage are the highest they've ever been. The news that one airline is even charging for cabin baggage threatened to give the Marketplace Daily Pulse a cardiac arrest today.

USA Today tracks 13 carriers. Their report, published today, said for an overweight checked bag weighing 71-100 pounds, Continental Airlines is charging $400 on most international flights, and American Airlines is charging $450 on its Asian flights. United Airlines charges $400 for checking bags weighing 71-99.9 pounds on flights to another continent.

Fees for a first checked bag, which were nominal when airlines began them four years ago, now go up to $43. Spirit Airlines charges $38 for a domestic flight and $43 for an international flight for the first bag checked in at an airport.

Spirit Airlines is the only carrier charging for carry-on bags. Spirit fliers pay $30 for notifying the airline online about a carry-on bag, $35 when calling on the telephone and $40 at the airport.

For those people interested in avoiding fees - or at least minimizing their exposure, the website farecompare.com has a nice little guide to fee-dodging. My favorite of the list of things you should do:Do not fly Spirit.

One thing seems pretty clear. There's no pint in feeling nostalgic about the era of no fees. farecompare predicts even more fees to come, including:

Charging for soft drinks and water on domestic flights

Charging for infants

Charging for meals in coach on transoceanic flights

Charging for overweight carry-on bag.

Brace yourself.

Follow Daryl Paranada at @darylparanada