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Spirit sticking with carry-on fees despite talk with Schumer


Spirit Airlines chief Ben Baldanza told NBC Today’s Matt Lauer that the airlines is going ahead with its fees for carry-on bags stored in overhead bins.

Baldanza spoke with Lauer as U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer appeared on the show remotely to continue talking about his effort to stop the fees. The senator and the CEO spoke Tuesday as Schumer tried to put a stop to the fee, but they “agreed to disagree,” Schumer told Lauer.

Congress is considering a law that would make the baggage fee taxable; Baldanza says airlines will only pass new taxes on to passengers.

The Spirit Airlines head said people have been booking away on their airline even with the new policy — lowering fares while charging for bags in the overhead bins. It’s meant to give people a choice and maybe cut down on the number of bags in overhead bins slowing down passengers as they board and get off the airplanes.

Schumer said his main concern is that the policy doesn’t spread to other airlines. Several airlines have already said they have no such plans, but Schumer told Lauer he believed the fees would be spreading if it hadn’t been for an outcry against them.

If you want to see more from Baldanza, you can watch him try to inject a lighthearted touch into the announcement of the policy by expounding on the new fee from inside an overhead bin on Spirit’s website.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 2:06 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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