TAMPA - In just one day, a video posted by servicemen has gone viral, much to the dismay of Delta Airlines.
The video, posted June 7, features a man saying he is Staff Sgt. Frederick Hilliker and another man saying he is Staff Sgt. Robert O'Hair, both with the U.S. Army.
In it, the two Staff Sgts. talk about having problems checking in with Delta Airlines in Baltimore after just returning from being deployed overseas in Afghanistan.
O'Hair tells the camera he had to pay $200 to check a fourth bag which contained, "My M-4, my 203 grenade launcher, my 9mm." In all, the two say their unit had to pay Delta over $2,800 to check their extra bags.
The video was seen hundreds of thousands of times within a day.
Every person asked today at Tampa International Airport told us the same thing, that they felt that military personnel should not have to pay for checked bags -- period.
Feeling the viral heat, Delta has since released a statement saying they are changing their policy when it comes to military checked baggage. From this point on, military personnel in first or business class will be allowed to check five bags, and those in coach will be allowed to check four bags.
Editor's Note: The video, originally found on YouTube , has been removed.
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