There is no end to the a la carte menu airlines are coming up with, while finding ways to charge us extra. Carry-ons are next
A German travel company started offering naked flights a couple of years ago. It seems they may have been on to something even though their reasoning stemmed from nudist colony demands.
As I mentioned in a recent article, Airlines have discovered charging for luggage as the holy grail of profits.
and Ft.Lauderdale based Spirit Airlines has been a frontrunner in this development, possibly encouraged by the fact that they mostly connect Florida with the Caribbean and Latin America and islanders on a shopping trip to the American Malls are known to ship huge amounts of luggage back.
Spirit Airlines announced this week that after having milked their passengers out of free check on luggage privileges that are now amounting to an easy $100 for two pieces and charging them for the privilege of selecting a seat, the company has now turned its attention to the overhead compartments. $45 per carry on that fits in the overhead compartment, no less. $30 if reserved in advance. Starting date August 1, 2010 and all major carriers are watching.
Now mind you, don’t think you can pack all your essentials in your overhead compartment carry on, pay $45 each way and you’re done. No no, all the TSA security measures, pertaining to liquids, nail tools and razor blades are still in place, so that is not going to work.
Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s boisterous CEO claims that travelers want the choice of paying for individual things, while keeping the base fare low, further insinuating that it is carry-ons that slow down the deplaning and turn around process of a plane. Here comes the cattle truck, use a whip to pack them, shoot them if they don’t sit down and throw them off the plane the moment you hit the tarmac. With an aging population, which is the only group that can afford travel at this time, not a popular move!
While price point arguments may be true for some people, it definitely has taken the joy of traveling out of me.
I have a Spirit frequent flyer number, as well as United and a gold membership with American. I now despise flying.
There is no room left for the excitement and anticipation that used to come with taking a trip, even in the days I did 10 airports a week. None of that is left. It’s replaced by anxiety and irritation.
I still have interests in the Caribbean Islands, but unless Southwest Airlines is going to go there or I can sail down, I have absolutely no drive to go there any time soon. I’d rather fly naked than go through the never ending harassment that comes with luggage and airport security.
The only other option is to ship in advance everything you need at your destination by UPS or Fedex (not cheap either) and travel as you are on the airplane. I bet you it will be a “service” airlines will offer in the future to compete with UPS and Fedex, with the slogan: “Your Luggage Will Be Waiting For You When You Arrive”.
Oh and wait, the next airline lunacy is already waiting in the wings(?): soon you will get charged to go to the bathroom, but since Spirit’s policy is not to accept cash in flight, you will have to use your debit or credit card to get access. Imagine peeing on credit! Now that’s progressive. But there is no guarantee that the bathroom will be clean; after all a flight attendant is not a stall attendant.