Northwest resumes charging for 3rd bag

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines has resumed charging for a third piece of checked luggage.

The airline, which operates a hub in Memphis, Tenn., joined others nationwide two weeks ago when it suspended an $80 charge to coach passengers wishing to check a third bag.

The move was to allow passengers to adjust to new security restrictions.

Northwest spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch said the fee was re-instated on Monday.

The new rules were put in place after British officials thwarted an alleged plot to bomb U.S.-bound planes.

Most liquids, gels and lotions are now banned in carry-on bags.

United and American Airlines have also resumed charging for a third bag.

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