FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 17: A Spirit Airlines Inc. employee walks under a plane on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport after striking pilots agreed on June 16 to a new contract June 17, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The airline announced that planes will start flying as soon as this afternoon. The pilots walked out on June 12 in a dispute over pay and benefits with the Miramar, Florida discount airline. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Spirit Airlines hotly debated fee to stow a carry on bag has gone into effect.
The low-cost carrier that flies out of Atlantic City International Airport announced back in April they would begin charging passengers between $30 and $45 to bring a carry on bag with them.
The lesser price is for those who alert the airline of the bag during online or phone check in. Those who wait until they get to the gate will pay $15 more.
In comparison, it only costs $25 to stow a bag on the airline.
Spirit says it instituted the fee to cut down on the amount of time it takes for passengers to board a flight. The airline says so far it seems to be working as intended.
"The check-in process is going well so far," spokesperson Misty Pinson said Sunday afternoon. "It looks like this is going to speed things up."
While Spirit may love it's faster operations at the gate, news of the new fee set off a firestorm. Outraged passengers vowed not to fly on the carrier once the fee went into effect on August 1.
Spirit's competition Jet Blue even took a swipe at the new fee promoting a fake wearable bag for passengers.
Published at 5:50 PM EST on Aug 1, 2010
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