Soaring fuel prices will force many travelers to pay more to fly on commercial airlines by means of surcharges for baggage and other amenities, writes Patrick Smith in the Washington Post. Smith, a commercial pilot, notes that, on the whole, air travel has become easy and affordable over the past 50 years, but the public has lost its sense of perspective. Columnist David Grossman also defends the airlines' new surcharges, and says travelers can expect a la carte pricing to continue. Meanwhile, carriers say it is still unclear how travelers will react to new fees for checking a single bag.

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