Spirit Airlines Will Charge $100 To Carry On A Bag While Other Airlines Increase Fee For Checked Bags To $75

I was recently interviewed by The New York Times over my pet peeve regarding travel fees imposed by airlines and hotels. Now, Spirit Airlines has announced that it will charge a $100 fee for a carry-on bag. Conversely, other airlines are increasing their charges for checked bags which has generated billions in new revenues. There will be a $70 checked bag fee on international flights at American for some flight, for example. At one time, airlines blamed the new fees on fuel costs but that rationale fell away as the fees continued regardless of fuel costs.


Notably, we discussed these fees in my torts class in discussing the case of Andrews v. United Airlines dealing with the question of negligence by airlines in the design of overhead bins. This case occurred before airlines started charging fees that resulted in many people taking cases on the plane — resulting in delay and an increase in the number of injuries.

As I mentioned to the Times, the strategy is clearly to drop the expectations of the new generation of travelers who do not remember that bags were once considered a basic element of traveling and covered in a ticket. Allegiant Air announced this month that it will be charging up to $35 for bags. Delta will charge $75 for checking a second bag.

JetBlue, which recently shrank legroom in a disappointing reversal, will also start to impose a fee of $40 for a second bag though to it credit the airline does not charge for the first bag.

The fleecing of travelers is now out of control. With the bag fees, boarding has become a contest that makes the Roman games look tame in comparison, People crush each others bags and coats in trying to wedge huge bags into bins. Passengers who check their bags, like me, are now told that they must not use the bins for their jackets or computer bags to make room for bigger bags. You are asked to stuff these bags at your feet while the airlines are continuing to reduce the leg room in standard seats. This leaves you virtually entrapped with no ability to open a lap top or change position if you are average height for a male. After denying you any room, the airline then offers to sell you different seats with varying degrees of space: what I called the “misery index” menu now common on U.S. domestic airlines.

I am only waiting for the baggage fee charges to become uniform so that you are charged on the same airline for carrying one a bag or for checking a bag. The message is clear: put on multiple layers of clothes and go without luggage.

Source: USA Today

122 thoughts on “Spirit Airlines Will Charge $100 To Carry On A Bag While Other Airlines Increase Fee For Checked Bags To $75”

  1. ID707,

    I was having fun at your expense. You do cross the line sometimes, but I understand you live far away from Jew York, in Sweden where the sensibility is quite anti-Israel and in this world of cultural chasms its to be expected. I’ve always stated here quite categorically that being anti-Israel does not a Jew hater make and I give short shrift to the Jews and Fundamentalist Christians who imply it.

    Sometimes though, some in their zeal to decry Israel, use terms that are Shoah (holocaust) related. Calling the Israeli’s NAZI’s would cross the line for me, but stating that the Israeli’s are quite brutal at times is not bigotry in my mind, but political belief. The difference is that the switch-around meme of calling the Israeli NAZI’s is in essence Shoah (holocaust) denial because there is not now, nor will there ever be a mass extermination planned against the Palestinians, as there was in the Shoah. The making of that comparison is bigoted because not only does it lack evidence, but it is done specifically for anti-Jewish purposes.

    In any event I believe you are a highly tolerant person and don’t see bigotry in anything you’ve written. If I have a problem with you I’ll point it out directly, but that does not mean that I don’t respect you as a person of intelligence and humanity, which I do.

  2. SwM,
    That was helpful. If I passed the line, and I did once speaking about the jews on WS who steer this land, that was not anti-semitism, but ignorance. Many came and if it was you or Blouise who ssid that I had passed the line, I’m not sure. Which I still don’t know what that means. Line? I don’t speak the lingo. Capish?
    Niente. Zilch. Om jag måste, kan jag prata svenska med dig och se om det går bättre.

    So what? If I am ovet the line I won’t die if someone says so. In fact if you read what I wrote then this is all BS. I use jewish cliches as I knnow them, which is due to that I have a memory for words and tales like a sponge. I speak with multiple tongues, whether it is Churchill or whoever. And I don’t know where the voices, words or tales come from. So if you are looking to be affronted, stick around. But can’t and won’t play victim here. And that was said with kindness. But my definite meaning. None of you knows what is in my mind. So forget playing guilt games with me. And frankly I was not even thinking of even looking here, but I see you talking to me and that hooked me. But not deeply. Just so yóu know. bye.

    Not even angry. Just disappointed that such wise people can make such simple mistakes.

  3. idealist707 1, October 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Matt,

    I am not pulling rank. On the contrary, which may be hard to understand coming from the Navy as you did.
    I was a gutter rat who knew the draft was inevitable, and also knew that I could not take the shit to be an enlisted man. So took the ROTC chance.
    College was due to my working and my moms putting a roof over my head. That’s it. I mention it so as to not need to hide it. We are equal. The EMs I nominally supervised were wiser than me, especially the Sgt’s. You know the most useless thing in the world are two. Teats on a boarhog, and a lieutenant in the army. But I did good!
    ==============================
    The draft was over by the time I went in. I don’t think they were wiser than you. I used to piss in the bilges. The MM’s would say, we have to live down here. I said you’re doing it too.

  4. idealist, Someone that has not posted for awhile called you out on this before.

  5. Matt,

    I am not pulling rank. On the contrary, which may be hard to understand coming from the Navy as you did.
    I was a gutter rat who knew the draft was inevitable, and also knew that I could not take the shit to be an enlisted man. So took the ROTC chance.
    College was due to my working and my moms putting a roof over my head. That’s it. I mention it so as to not need to hide it. We are equal. The EMs I nominally supervised were wiser than me, especially the Sgt’s. You know the most useless thing in the world are two. Teats on a boarhog, and a lieutenant in the army. But I did good!

  6. The jewish maffia is out again. Read my post again, five times. Then come back and complain.
    Specifically. Otherwise, basta.

  7. Having grown up in Eastern Washington during during the 1970’s and early 80’s, I only knew one Jewish family. There were no Jewish people that I knew of there until I was in 7th Grade when this family moved to town. Nobody in my class thought any different of them. I believe the extent of it was to the effect of “Oh, they are Jewish, interesting. Darren’s a Methodist and Lisa’s Catholic.” That was all that was ever said. This was regarded no differently than anybody else’s church.

    Later in my school daze, I began to be aware of this intolerance of Jewish people that some held, it seemed to be presented into my world on TV shows more than anything. None of us in school could understand why this was happening. The Blum’s seemed like decent enough people. Maybe it was because we were not on the East Coast or where ever this was occuring. So I guess we were out of the loop.

    To this day I totally do not understand why in the Western world there is such animosity. I understand why this happens in Palestine, not that I agree with it, but I can see why this might be the case there. But your own neighbor in our country? I don’t get it.

  8. Mike Spindell 1, October 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    “I don’t think the Jews from Russia had much of anything”

    SwM,

    Don’t you know that there was much “Gelt” to be made in the Stetl’s “beyond the pale”. My maternal Grandmother used to tell me about getting food from garbage cans to live. It’s amazing how much money you could save up for a “First Class” Steerage ticket by cutting your food costs. Of course she was from Hungary, not Russia where everyone knows the Jews lived high on the hog.
    ==================
    My ex-wife is half Hungarian, half German. I don’t think you people know what you’re talking about.

    Do you want to know what I am. I am a redneck from Oregon. How I ended up in Wisconsin is a different story.

    1. “My ex-wife is half Hungarian, half German. I don’t think you people know what you’re talking about.”

      Matt,

      What I wrote is known as irony.

  9. https://www.google.com/search?q=uss+ronald+reagan&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Nup&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=slFrULTLHMni0gGdl4D4Dg&ved=0CGEQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=665

    Do you know that’s a disgrace. He spent all of WWII in the United States in the Army band playing the piano at officer’s clubs. Ronald Reagan never set foot out of the United States during all of WWII. And he wasn’t in the Navy.

  10. “If they wanted to name something at the airport after effing Ronnie Raygun, it should have been the waste treatment facility. In fact, naming anything related to aviation after him is a heresy.”

    OS,

    I couldn’t agree more. His actions in the PATCO strike alone are enough to condemn him for his use of politics to endanger the flying public. That a lot of people today think him our “Greatest President” is a monumental tribute to their ignorance. Offhand I would compare Reagan mostly to Warren G. Harding, who was another President, who was really a puppet for the moneyed elite.

  11. idealist707 1, October 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    My shop was electrical tool issue. Wasn’t an officer. EM5.

  12. idealist, I don’t think the jews from Russia had much of anything. They worked manual labor jobs when they arrived in the US for the most part. They lived in pogroms in Russia with next to nothing. That is why many jews became mensheviks.

    1. “I don’t think the Jews from Russia had much of anything”

      SwM,

      Don’t you know that there was much “Gelt” to be made in the Stetl’s “beyond the pale”. My maternal Grandmother used to tell me about getting food from garbage cans to live. It’s amazing how much money you could save up for a “First Class” Steerage ticket by cutting your food costs. Of course she was from Hungary, not Russia where everyone knows the Jews lived high on the hog.

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