Posted: January 8, 2014 at 2:48 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I feel like I’m being punished for following the rules. On a recent trip with Delta Airlines, I checked my bag at the check-in counter. Later, as I boarded the plane, I noticed a number of people checking their bags at the gate. I asked one of them why, and she said that it was faster, that she didn’t have to pay the $25 baggage fee and that she could pick up her bag at the arrival gate instead of having to wait in baggage claim. Should I really keep paying $25 to check my bag? — R.J.R.

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Family, Pages 35 on 01/08/2014