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
Spirit Airlines to Charge $100 for Carry-Ons
People stand in line at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter March 23, 2004 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.   (Getty Images)

(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.

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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. (Read more Spirit Airlines stories.)

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