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Absurd airline fees

Pay $40 to be the first to board? Or $25 for your carry-on bag? These are some of the latest in a slew of fees some airlines are charging to drum up billions in extra revenue.

Printing and mailing fees

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Spirit Airlines charges for a printed boarding pass.

For technophobe travelers, extra fees abound.

Request a mailed copy of your itinerary from Virgin America, for example, and it will run you $20.

Spirit, meanwhile, currently charges $5 for any boarding pass printed by an airport agent. On April 16, that fee will go up to $10.

In addition to cutting printing and mailing costs for the airlines, the fees are indicative of a growing push toward self service at the airport, Hobica said.

- Last updated February 01 2013 11:37 AM ET

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