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Will the Spirit Move You?

By Linda Tancs

As many readers may have learned, Spirit Airlines has taken the unprecedented step of charging for carry-on baggage that must be placed in the overhead bin.  Excluded from the baggage fee will be a single personal item that fits underneath the seat.   The new fee system also excludes such sundries as coats, umbrellas, car seats (for children holding a ticket), cameras and assistive devices.  The fee for the airline’s online club members is $20.  Nonmembers pay an online fee of $30, including phone and check-in customers.  The gate fee is $45.  Is this a shameless move for more revenue or an enlightened approach towards thwarting an uptick in checked baggage masquerading as carry-ons?  Take the poll below.

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