Wednesday, April 7, 2010

In the "Spirit" of Travel - more fees!

Nothing like announcing fees for carry-on bags to get you into the 'spirit' of travel these days!  And Spirit Airlines-- much like the Grinch who stole the Christmas Spirit -- began chipping away at the spirit of travel with its well-publicized addition of carryon bag fees that is making headlines around the US.

You read that correctly: fees for carry-on bags that you place in the overhead bin. . .those under the seat, for now anyway, are free as is your umbrella and food you plan to eat.

An article appearing in the Seattle Times today quotes the airline's CEO as saying, "Nobody brings their package to FedEx or UPS and expects them to ship for free."  He's either mixing bags and bananas or he's not realized that people sending packages haven't already paid hundreds of dollars to travel in one of the big white or brown trucks.  

Maybe it is time for FedEx and UPS to install passenger seats in their aircraft and trucks so that we could simply ship ourselves and our bags and avoid companys like Spirit?

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