If you’ve ever taken the ferry to Fire Island, you know that there’s no such thing as a free ride, particularly if that ride comes packaged in a Whole Foods bag. Shopping carts and luggage carriers cost $4, which is 44% of the price to ride the ferry. So why are the airlines vilified for charging fees for checked luggage or carry-on bags?
Spirit Airlines, a discount carrier, lowered fares while adding a charge for a carry-on bag. You can bring “a FREE personal item onboard, such as a purse, briefcase, backpack or laptop computer. Other exceptions are: assistive devices, medicine, umbrella, outer garments (coats, hats, wraps), camera, car seat/stroller, infant diaper bag, reading material for the flight, or food for immediate consumption.” How much more do people really need for a couple of hours? A family traveling with a baby can bring on everything they need with no extra charge.
My husband hates carrying on a lot of stuff, and what really irks him is when he has a small laptop bag that he can’t even put above the seat he paid for, because someone who boarded out of turn monopolized all the overhead space. His attitude is, he’s consolidated, why can’t the next guy?
It is true that abusers of carry-on luggage restrictions face few consequences. If they can sneak by the gate agent with an oversized bag they can take up more than their fair share of space.
Some senators introduced a bill to curb this airline fee but I really don’t see what the big deal is. You are flying on Spirit on a discount ticket. Even my local senator, Charles Schumer, who lives in my neighborhood, said he would work to get the government to prohibit these fees.
It should be an interesting summer travel season.