Will major airlines start charging for carry-on bags?

6:49 PM, Apr 7, 2010   |    comments
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - News that Spirit Airlines would start charging up to $45 for a carry-on bag isn't sitting well with travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's just another way to squeeze money out of everyday travelers," said Phill Brodeen from Tower, Minnesota.

Spirit doesn't fly to the Twin Cities but it does have passengers wondering if other airlines will follow suit.

"I don't think the other airlines are looking for a revenue source by charging for carry-on, but I think they will be watching Spirit for the operational end of it," said airline expert Terry Trippler of Rules To Know.com.

Trippler says fewer carry-on bags could really speed up the process of boarding the plane and that is something to which airlines will be paying attention.

"You speed up that boarding process and that plane might be able to get in another trip and that earns you a lot more money," said Trippler.

But even the idea of getting on and off the plane faster isn't giving travelers a reason to support the new fee.

"I don't think they should be charging for baggage check in the first place because that's what created the situation in the first place. People are trying to carry on way more than they should," said Mark Haugen as he leaves for Hawaii.

Trippler says major airlines probably won't jump on the carry-on charge right away, but they will be watching to see how it works with Spirit.

 

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