If you haven't made your holiday travel plans, you're not out of luck, yet. Most people say the economy won't stop them from traveling this holiday season, but airport officials say some folks are waiting to book their flights. Some people we spoke with are already heading to the airport to reach their holiday destinations. ILM Director of Operations, Gary Broughton, said if you have not booked yet, it is not too late. “You probably won't see as heavy of flights as you would, so if passengers wanted to book now they could still get seats.” If you plan to travel by plane this holiday season, be prepared to pay for more than just the flight. From oversized bags, to additional bags, to drinks on the flight, airlines are charging lots of extra fees. Airlines began charging extra fees to help offset the cost of rising fuel prices. But, even though those fuel prices have come down, the fees aren't going any where any time soon. “The airlines fear that the price of fuel could go back up relatively easily. I don't think you will see a change in the fees, but I think for the most part customers have accepted the fact that the fees are here,” said Broughton. Not everyone is aware of the extra fees that will accompany flights, but local travelers don't seem to mind. ”I booked online and the fare was really low and then by the time you checked out there were some extra add-on's I wasn't expecting. It was still so cheap I didn't care,” said Russell Evans. Broughton said the extra fees aren't just taking money out of the traveler's wallets. They are costing airport employees a little extra cash as well. Many travelers have been packing a lot lighter to deal with the extra baggage costs, but with many people bringing gifts with them for the holiday season, airlines can expect to collect a few more fees this holiday season.
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