In a move toward less customer service and more outright money grubbing, Allegiant Airline has started charging for carry-on bags. They saw how successful Spirit Air was, earning around $50 million from the fee in 2011, and thought, Hey! We should do that.
Granted, they are a small, super low cost carrier, and they say that larger airlines should not follow their lead. But doesn’t it make you wonder how far away Delta, or American, or United are from this same path? It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all shocked and horrified that smaller airlines started charging for checked bags, and couldn’t imagine the larger carriers doing that.
Comments for an article about this on MSNBC range from “how can the government let them do that?” to “let the free markets decide” to “it feels like they’re nickel and diming us!” Uh, yeah. That’s pretty much exactly what they’re doing.
All I know is if American starts charging for carry-on bags, I will never fly them again. And I bet I’m not the only one. And I fear that it’s a very real possibility, as they try to emerge from bankruptcy.
Readers, what do you think? Would you fly an airline that charges for carry-ons? Do you think this is where the industry is headed?