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"That's outrageous. You can go to any soda machine in the country and buy two diet sodas for the same price as regular sodas. And they're only a buck or so apiece."

"Really? That's strange. I'll have to look into that. So, that's $6 for two sodas plus a buck for the surcharge. Now, do you have luggage you're taking?"

"How much?"

"Only $50 a bag. Carry-on bags are only $30. How many bags, sir?"

"One checked bag and one carry-on bag."

"Yes, sir, that'll be $160."

Apparently she didn't ace her SAT math test. "You said a checked bag was $50, and a carry-on was $30. That's only $80."

"I'm just assuming you'd want them to return with you. Most passengers do."

"You mean the $80 is for one-way only?"

"That's what the illegible fine print says. Most people prefer to bring their bags back with them."

"Do most people prefer to take trains?" I asked. She let it pass unnoticed.

"Now, sir, if you'll just step on the scale."

"You mean I should put my bags on the scale," I said.

"No, sir, I mean you should put you on the scale. It costs more in jet fuel if we have passengers, so we add a weight surcharge." I complied with her request.

"That'll be an extra $15," she said.

"For what?!"

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