Comments:US air carrier Spirit Airlines announces $45 carry-on baggage fee

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The carriers and the public need to just get over themselves and adjust the ticket pricing for weight.

Yes, I said it. If you weight more, you pay more.

The cost of operating the flight is directly proportional to the weight of the "cargo", which is people. This isn't to say I, or the airlines, don't care about "the value of human life", or anything like that. Everyone has value, as a person. But on a transport system, they are mass times gravity = weight. We don't demand that FDX or UPS carry a box of books at the same price as a box of pillows, but when you fly yourself -- effectively as cargo - the public demands a free ride. Those days must end.

The pricing system obviously wouldn't be completely proportional (e.g., a 15 kilo child wouldn't have a fare 1/5th that of a 75 Kg adult), but there would be a scale of adjustment. Maybe it could even work downward, too, so that if you are below the median weight, you save money.

Because the public and the airlines don't have the sack to own up to this reality we are suffering with all these new and various schemes for charging for baggage, where as the actual goal is to set pricing so that the cost of the flight operation is covered plus a reasonable profit for the airline. The way to do that is to quit fiddling with check bags and carry on bags and charge for the entire weight being carried per ticket, yourself included.

Now please pass the cream cheese. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by AceyMan (talkcontribs)

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Bullshit515:22, 17 April 2010

This is total and complete bullshit. $45 for a fucking CARRY ON? What's it gonna charge? $100 for a checked back? Let's see, I buy a ticket for $100 for myself, check a suit case, carry a backpack... and my luggage will cost more to fly than ME?

ShakataGaNai ^_^07:07, 8 April 2010

This is, for all practical purposes, the same thing as raising the price of the ticket, considering most everyone takes on a carryon. Except that it looks better on the online ticket price list, and they can brag about having "lower ticket rates than the competition" - carefully turning a blind eye to the insane carry-on fee. Typical sneaky nickel-and-dime-ing.

Tempodivalse [talk]13:57, 8 April 2010

Best news I've seen in a long time!! Maybe just maybe now those of us who actually follow the policies will get space to set down our purses and not be crowded out by all the morons who think bringinh their laptop/briefcase, backback or oversized purse and two weeks worth of clothes will be able to get through lines and actually use the space we pay for. I hope Spirit Air sticks to it! (talk)14:55, 8 April 2010


I don't fly regularly anymore, but I used to - with one carry-on case, enough for a long weekend, and no need to check anything into the hold.

In the twenty-odd years I've had that battered case, the carry-on allowance has got smaller, and smaller. Yes, it needed to; many people abused it, taking a case, and a bulky laptop bag, and a couple of carrier bags of duty-free.

But $45 for a single item carryon? Get to <bleep> <bleep> <bleep>! Just say everything you carry on must fit in a specific sized box or measuring device. If not, must be checked.

Instead, as others say, we're all getting nickled and dimed and conned with bullshit about ultra-cheap fairs tat are going to triple by the time you've sorted getting yourself and your stuff moved.

If you really want to know what crappy service is - scope out how nickle'n'dimed you'd get with Ryanair, they charge you if you want checked in by a human being and have even talked about putting a coin slot on the plane toilets!

Brian McNeil (alt. account) /alt-talkmain talk'15:58, 8 April 2010

This will be the worst decision that spirit will make. Spirit calls themselves an " ultra lost cost airline." This is by far the worst move by Spirit. I travel with them up to 4 times a month if they really do this I will opt to NEVER use spirit again.

I really hope that the Spirit really reconsiders there new plan. (talk)18:05, 8 April 2010

This is the worst airline in the world i booked ticket to go to jamaica from NY (LGA)and the flight was cancelled i was booked on a flight for the following morning, that was cancelled and then was told a seat would not be available, bullshit, i had to go book on Jetblue, hats off to Jetblue they were awesome. On my return flight i was told i had to pay $3.00 for water and the plane was dirty never again even if the trip is given for free (talk)15:22, 17 April 2010