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Spirit Airlines to start charging for carryon

 
pamela
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Now does this make sense to anyone?

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=154295

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2010 4:25 pm
Neil
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There's a strange logic to it, I guess.
People don't want to be charged for luggage, so they bring more free carry-on.

Weight = fuel

Thus, the logical conclusion to this insanity will be scales at the ticket counter for passengers. *-)

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Posted : April 6, 2010 7:53 pm
fdr
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Even though it's logical for a budget airline, the new policy makes me less likely to book with Spirit simply because it's one more thing to think about.

I'd rather they charge double fare to the enormous individual who always seems to get the middle seat next to me -- after all, he's taking up half of my seat and half of the person's next to him as well. And they could give his seatmates a 50% refund, since we only got half of what we paid for! (I always feel sorry for how uncomfortable this person must be, but that doesn't give them the right to usurp my space.)

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Posted : April 7, 2010 11:02 am
FL Barrier Islander
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We started flying Spirit because of their inexpensive flights. However, now when we add up the charges (flight+seat selection+baggage fee+carry-on fee), we'll go back to flying American - the 2nd best flight schedule for us.

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Posted : April 7, 2010 11:10 am
STXjill
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Even though it's logical for a budget airline, the new policy makes me less likely to book with Spirit simply because it's one more thing to think about.

I'd rather they charge double fare to the enormous individual who always seems to get the middle seat next to me -- after all, he's taking up half of my seat and half of the person's next to him as well. And they could give his seatmates a 50% refund, since we only got half of what we paid for! (I always feel sorry for how uncomfortable this person must be, but that doesn't give them the right to usurp my space.)

Amen to that!

~Jill~

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Posted : April 7, 2010 11:52 am
Neil
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Even though it's logical for a budget airline, the new policy makes me less likely to book with Spirit simply because it's one more thing to think about.

I'd rather they charge double fare to the enormous individual who always seems to get the middle seat next to me -- after all, he's taking up half of my seat and half of the person's next to him as well. And they could give his seatmates a 50% refund, since we only got half of what we paid for! (I always feel sorry for how uncomfortable this person must be, but that doesn't give them the right to usurp my space.)

But where does that approach to policing passengers stop?

Who would you rather sit next to?
A 300 lb woman
A 160 lb woman with a poopy baby
A dwarf with B.O.

😎

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Posted : April 7, 2010 12:01 pm
GoodToGo
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Clearly the airlines have declared war on their customers.
I've never had the occasion to fly Spirit and they've just made my personal No-Fly list so it's no big loss for them. I guess we're lucky we don't have to fly on Europe's Ryanair. They just announced their going to charge for toilet usage on board!!!

Worst yet, Ryanair, said they're going to remove all but one toilet from their planes so they can fit more seats! Can you imagine 190 people on a plane with a single pay toilet?!? People are just going to take a dump or a wizz in their seats. This WILL backfire on this airline. Out of an average 190 people how many will have a G.I. issue while flying? Do they think those people can wait in a line of 50 people to use the toilet? Can you imagine what condition that toilet will be in after a couple of hours in the air? I'd hate to get a seat near the toilet...

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Posted : April 8, 2010 1:47 pm
roadrunner
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Gross. I'm making a mental list of airlines to avoid. My long-term solution is to learn to fly and get my own plane. They're not as expensive as you might think. I know a group of 4 people who own one jointly and are thrilled with it. Of course, they have some legal and mechanical issues to be very careful about, but it works for them. The few times I've been on non-commercial flights, it has been a traveler's heaven... park the car, hop in the plane, and you're in the air in a matter of minutes. No security, no extra fees, no sensation that this is how herds of cattle must feel. I'm not very old, and even I can remember the days when people dressed up to fly and it was an enjoyable experience. Now... well, I've honestly had bus rides in third world countries that were more enjoyable.

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Posted : April 8, 2010 4:11 pm
DUN
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Correct me if I'm wrong(could be, would be the first time:D).
But didn't Spirit start the whole charging for luggage in the first place??

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Posted : April 8, 2010 11:14 pm
billd
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They don't care about their customers. The next step will be pay toilets!

With this new charge they have put themselves out of the price range and I will fly either American or Continental.

From the movie Independence Day UP YOURS, SPIRIT!!!!!!

billd

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Posted : April 9, 2010 1:45 am
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