April 6, 2010

Airline to charge for carry-on bags

Posted: 02:48 PM ET

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(CNN) - With many airlines now charging a fee for checked luggage, the next step had to come sometime: A carrier asking passengers to pay for the privilege of bringing carry-on bags on board.

Well, that time is here.

Spirit Airlines announced Tuesday that it will charge its customers $20 to $45 for items they place in the overhead bins.

The cost depends on whether passengers are members of the airline's ultra-low fare club and whether they "pre-reserve" their carry-on bag in advance.

Each passenger will still able to bring one personal item that fits under a seat for free, such as a purse, briefcase, backpack or laptop computer. They also won't have to pay extra for items such as diaper bags, pet containers and cameras.

Airline officials called it a "bring less; pay less" policy that would ultimately benefit customers.

"In addition to lowering fares even further, this will reduce the number of carry-on bags, which will improve inflight safety and efficiency by speeding up the boarding and deplaning process," Chief Operating Officer Ken McKenzie said in a statement.


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IKHAN   April 6th, 2010 5:05 pm ET

Hi Larry,

surely the next to happen would be coin operated toilets & then perhaps a charge for your seat-belts.
Air travel is now total hassel. As if security issues were not enough.

dak   April 6th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

for sure wont be flying spirt

when will it end . . . . I think they want us all to fly naked and with out bagage

than again sounds like a perfect relationship

Theresa   April 6th, 2010 8:00 pm ET

Wouldn't it be nice if noone needed to fly.. What's next...thet'll hire someone to count each passengers respirations & if yours is more than 25 per minute they'll charge you for contaminating the air!! Remember the good ol' days when people flew for pleasure & passengers were of prime concern for the airline!!!!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 7th, 2010 6:45 am ET

The lighter one travels....... less drag on the plane and less fuel used...... I suppose?

Yes, we are being squeezed more and more in today's societies. Money, money, money it seems .

Ted   April 8th, 2010 11:55 am ET

I did a lot of flying in the past and I was always upset when people would bring 20, 30 lbs or even more on board as hand laguage to avoid paying for overweight. They would just fill up all the available space, leaving nothing for the late comers.
Yes, charge them for the large items, it is only fair!! They should check in all that stuff.

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