Thursday, April 8, 2010

Three Cheers for Spirit

By now you’ve surely heard about Spirit Airlines latest charge … up to $45 for a carry-on bag. And boy, are travelers upset. Here's what I say … it couldn’t have come at a better time! I really like traveling on Spirit.

  • They fly direct from Ft. Lauderdale to my favorite destination, Costa Rica.
  • Their prices are lower than other carriers.
  • They offer extra wide seats and extra legroom for a few more bucks.
  • Drinks and snacks are available at a reasonable price.

Now back to the carry-on bag uproar … I can understand people not wanting to check their luggage. Most airlines charge a fee, you have to wait for your things, and bags have been known to get lost. But you know what really fries me: When travelers bring so much crap with them that there’s no place to put it! A few weeks ago, I was on a Delta flight to Ft. Lauderdale. And it was packed. One of the last guys to get on had a roll-on bag. It was too big to fit under the seat in front of him, so he went searching for overhead space. Up and down the aisle he went trying to cram his bag in bins where there just wasn’t any room. The flight attendant offered to check his bag. But he wanted no part of that … “fragile items inside,” he said. The two of them went back and forward: He whined that they should make space for his bag; she calmly explained that the plane wouldn’t move until he let her take the bag. After a handful of other passengers yelled some obscenities at this guy, he gave in … bitching all the way. This was hardly an isolated case. I’ve seen it way too many times. So if Spirit can encourage travelers to stop bringing so much stuff aboard the plane by charging them a hefty fee for doing so — which helps keep my fare low — good for them! Happy traveling, George

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