View Full Version : Soldier Going Home Says United Airlines Charged $200 for ‘Overweight Bag"

05-22-2017, 10:53 AM
A National Guard soldier headed home from a deployment to Afghanistan says he was charged a hefty fee to check his military bag.

First Lieutenant John Rader said United Airlines made him pay $200 to check a military-issued bag on his flight to Austin, Texas, from El Paso, the final leg of his trip home from his deployment to Afghanistan, because it was overweight, Fox News reported.

“I was told point blank that I’d have to pay $200 for the overage or find another bag to siphon stuff off with,” Rader told FOX 7. “Well, I didn’t have another bag so I was caught in a bind.”

Some of the things in his bag included Kevlar vests, two helmets, and boots.

Rader said he was initially required to serve a nine-month deployment, but he volunteered to extend his deployment to 21 months