The numbers are in, and they’re not surprising. According to the Department of Transportation, in 2010, U.S. airlines raked in nearly $5.7 billion in checked-bag and change fees alone ($3.4 billion in bag fees and $2.3 billion in ticket/reservation change fees.) Here’s the absurd part, which proves how ridiculous airline economics can be: On balance, the airlines profited more from checking your bags than they did from actually flying you anywhere. The accountants are clearly running the asylum and are trying to generate as much revenue from as many sources as possible. And passengers are clearly forking over the money. Get the full story at BNET