Soon you'll have to start paying to check in the first
bag as well. American Airlines
will begin charging $15.00 each way for the first bag checked in by most customers. This new baggage fee is is effective for tickets purchased on or after June 15. The second bag will cost $25 each way.
I find this particularly troubling, especially since there are now far more restrictions on what you can bring in your take-on baggage. I now avoid hassles with the TSA by putting most of the things that I used to carry on the plane in my checked luggage. However, if I will be charged $15.00 to check in my first bag, then I will have to carry on all of my baggage more frequently, but then I will be restricted in what I can take on the plane with me.