Spirit Airlines to Charge $100 for Carry-Ons

Move comes as boycott movement crops up on Facebook
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2012 12:56 PM CDT
People stand in line at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter March 23, 2004 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Now that other airlines are jumping on the fees-for-carry-ons band wagon, Spirit Airlines wants you to be sure and remember that they were the first. The airline is jacking up its carry-on fees, which will now range from between $20 a bag all the way up to an eye-popping $100, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The cheaper rates are for fliers who pay the fee online; wait until you get to the gate, and it'll cost you c-note.

Appalled? Then maybe you should join the burgeoning boycott on Facebook. The boycott isn't about bag fees though; it's about the airline's refusal to refund the ticket of 76-year-old veteran Jerry Meeks, who had to cancel a flight on doctor's orders because he's suffering from terminal esophageal cancer, Mashable reports. It gets worse: This dying ex-marine was flying in the first place to see his daughter, who was having surgery. As of this writing, the boycott page has more than 20,000 likes.

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