Spirit Air Rolls Out Carry-on Fees

Airline says it went off without a hitch, will save time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2010 4:20 PM CDT
In this file photo taken June 13, 2010, a Spirit Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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(Newser) – Spirit Airlines rolled out its new fees on carry-on baggage today, lauding the move as a way to save time in loading and unloading planes. "The check-in process is going well so far," said a spokeswoman. Since airlines started charging for checked luggage, more passengers have brought carry-on bags. Spirit's new fee—the first in the industry—is aimed at discouraging passengers from stuffing the overhead bins because it often takes extra time to get bags settled and gate check those that won't fit onboard.

Spirit is charging $30 at check-in for any bag that's too big to fit under the seat. The price goes up to $45 for passengers who wait until they get to the boarding gate to pay, another step aimed at saving time. Members of Spirit's special fare club will only pay $20 for a carry-on. Umbrellas, camera bags, strollers and car seats are among the items that will remain free of charge.

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