Spirit defends its carryon bag fees

Spirit Airlines has been pilloried by politicians and the media for its new scheme of fees for carryon bags and now wants to set the record straight about what it says the effect is really going to be on customers, the Travel Weekly trade paper says. Spirit says it's written to the U.S. senators who have proposed legislation that would forbid airlines to charge for carryons, a rule that (seems to me) is really micromanagement of something that airline customers can figure out for themselves and decide if they want to pay a fee.

Spirit may be right that its customers prefer handling baggage problems, such as overstuffed overhead bins, with this kind of rule. But in my April 12 Winging It column, I reported on how befuddled the air-travel shopper can get in trying to figure out just how much a Spirit flight will really cost.