Friday, March 27, 2015

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 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.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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