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Amtrak introduces baggage fees for customers who exceed carry-on limit

Amtrak is hoping to capitalize on the billion dollar baggage fee industry.

Amtrak is hoping to capitalize on the billion dollar baggage fee industry.  (AP File Photo)

Amtrak is boarding a baggage fee bandwagon that has generated billions in revenue for the airline industry.

The passenger train operator says that on Thursday that it will start charging $20 to passengers who exceed restrictions for carry-on and personal items.

Customers are allowed to bring two personal items weighing up to 25 pounds and two carry-on bags weighing no more than 50 pounds. The fee applies to each item above those limits.

U.S. airlines started introducing bag fees in 2008 and now charge a standard fee of $25 for the first checked suitcase. The fees are more extensive than what Amtrak plans. They generated $1.6 billion for the airlines in the first quarter of this year.