I recently completed a series of flights that carried me around the world. As an avid underwater photographer I expect to pay extra for my Pelican case, which contains all of my camera equipment. The usual overweight fee with most airlines is $60, more or less, and my case never weighs more than 70 lbs.
When I checked in for a one-way flight from Vienna to Frankfurt and continuing on to Thailand via Singapore the Austrian Airlines agent advise me that it would cost 1,335 Euros (about $1,838) "if they agreed to accept it" as luggage. I was expecting to pay 100 Euros according to their website information, which I had checked in advance of booking my ticket. Does this seem normal to anyone else? Has anyone ever had this experience and, if so, how was it resolved?