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Military unit flying home from Afghanistan charged $2,800 for bags

(WFLX) - U.S. military members won't have to worry about packing light the next time they fly on Delta. The airline is now allowing military personnel traveling on orders to check more bags for free.

This policy change comes one day after soldiers, returning from Afghanistan, complained about paying extra for luggage. "We had to actually end up paying our of pocket our own money," said one soldier. "Not happy, not happy at all" (Watch Video).

Military travel orders allow them to carry up to four bags. But, when they arrived at the airport, Delta told them they could only check three in for free.

They were charged $200 extra bag, and with 34 soldiers in the unit, their total bill from Delta was more than $2,800.

Under Delta's new policy, military personnel can now check up to four bags for free in coach and up to five bags in first class.

United and Continental Airlines are following Delta Airlines lead in changing their military bag policy.

United and Continental said the airlines will waive the fourth checked bag fee for service personnel traveling on orders.

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