New fees for choosing specific seats on Southwest, B.A.

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Fliers are getting used to being charged extra for everything. But the nickel-and-diming is reaching the last holdout of airline freebies: your choice of seat. Starting October 7, British Airways will let you reserve the exact seat you want within economy class for a fee of about $60 each way.

Here at home, Southwest is allowing passengers to pay for the privilege of being in one of the first groups to board their planes, choosing seats on a first-come, first served basis. The EarlyBird Check-in fee is $10 each way.

I suppose that airlines will soon charge for paper luggage tags next.

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