At the time its only Spirit Airline, but if this works for them, you're sure to see this trickle through the rest of the air lines.
Snip from the article
Airlines in the United States started charging for luggage in 2005 by instituting a fee for passengers with more than one bag to check. Soon, even the first bag wasn’t free. Now, Spirit Airlines says it will charge as much as $30 each way for carry-on bags that are too big to fit under the seat.
The total in bag fees collected by the airlines has skyrocketed since they were first imposed. According to the Transportation Department, the fees rose from $464 million in 2007 to nearly $2 billion in just the first nine months of last year.
I've flown three (or was it 4) times this year, and didn't balk at the baggage fees because I just figured them in with my plane ticket price when I booked my flight, but I must say, the road trip we took was nice because we didn't have to deal with it and it was nice having the convenience of our own vehicle with all of our "stuff", and not having to deal with the hassle of the airlines and rental car companies.
Two thoughts pop up as a knee jerk reaction:
- we need to revolt and refuse to fly any airline that charges for carry on bags
- its time to plan more road trips