Overheard on CNN.com: 'Kiss my carry-on,' reader says of Spirit's new $100 fee
Spirit Airlines will charge $100 for carry-on baggage registered at the gate starting November 6.
May 3rd, 2012
06:54 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Kiss my carry-on,' reader says of Spirit's new $100 fee

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Spirit Airlines is raising its fee for carry-on bags to up to $100. Most other airlines let you bring the bags for free, and our readers were wondering whether this move signifies a new trend for the airline industry. Some commenters said they are eager to see an incentive for fliers to check their bags instead of carrying them onboard.

Spirit Air to charge up to $100 for carry-on bags

Many readers said they were tired of watching people try to cram too much stuff in the overhead bins.

kafoste: "I think the first checked bag within weight limits should be free..and charge for second and onward..as far as carry ons..should be no cost for briefcase or laptop sized bags, purses etc...but yes the rest trying to stuff everything they own into a carry-on should be charged..have seen too many delayed planes due to someone jamming a bag into an overhead storage that doesnt fit but they try to make it 'fit' ..."

This commenter says they are already shipping bags rather than taking them on planes.

stonrdude: "They can kiss my carry-on. I do not fly Spirit nor am I about to start. It is greed and price gouging. If they cannot afford it, they should not be in business. Passengers have a choice, even if I had to pay that fee one time, I would never go back to Spirit. I already send my bags UPS. No hassle, no fuss. I have no Spirit."

These readers said the fees could actually be a good thing.

inc0gnit0: "The bottom line is price. Assuming that service is similar and you feel comfortable with the airline, if the total price including fees is less people will go for the cheaper airline. As a business strategy, it is not entirely bad. Encouraging people to check their bags may not be popular, but it means that people are also less likely to bring food onboard and more likely to buy it from them."

sharkflyt: "I think bag fees are fine and it does allow more space on board. People will just have to understand that fuel is not free and weight on an airplane is costly. This is reality folks!!!"

Crunching the numbers raised a dilemma for one commenter.

beowulfpk: "Recently priced a flight:
Southwest Total (Fees, taxes and bags) $395
Spirit Total (Fees, Taxes and bags) $198
Both are non-stop and fit my schedule, but I hate Spirit. Who do you choose?"

Would shipping be cheaper?

Innkahoots: "Might as well send it UPS. But I dont need to fly. From where I live to (Portland, Oregon), it takes the same amount of time to drive and costs 1/4 less than flying. But I have my truck and can take my dog if I want. I'd rather see the Columbia Gorge than have to sit at SeaTac for two hours. Flying these days? No sir, didn't like it."

Are fees like this inevitable?

wordswords: "I fly Spirit all the time. Never have I said 'that guy's bag is holding us up.' This is just pure greed plain and simple. I can understand price raising for other reasons but don't jerk our chains please. Of course ... after this goes into effect, I won't be flying Spirit any longer. Jet Blue will then be much cheaper for my flight schedules."

sharkflyt: "It's not greed! You're just being too cheap to keep people employed! Way to go! You see, even Jet Blue will be charging more for bags very soon. SWA will be raising fares and you should get used to it!!!"

Maybe it's time to kill two birds with one stone.

dolphinxfan: "The new name for Spirit Airlines will be Nudist Air when they start chaging for wearing clothes. However, that makes TSA happy since they can actually view what they are groping."

What do you think? If you could create the ideal bag fee configuration, what would you implement? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Ian

    Eyeglasses additional $ 25 charge, boots cowboy or otherwise $ 10 only lightweight running shoes or dress shoes allowed at no charge. Any farts or belches in flight will cost you $ 25 . Giggling is not permitted and subject to $ 25 fine
    You must be serious at all times.

    May 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phunk

    Cnn: please fix your mobile site. Whenever I'm on my phone it will say 17 comments like this article yet when I click to view the comments I can only see one or two, and there is no way to view the rest. Sometimes if there are hundreds of comments it doesn't show any of them. Then heaven forbid I go to make a comment, after I submit it the mobile app will log me off cnn.com!! So annoying, the old system was better.

    May 6, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. COMMONSENSE

    I am glad for the charge. I HATE overhead bins and carryons. It takes forever to get on the plane with bags too big or heavy dropping on your head. I wish all airlines would ban carryon luggage. Put your stuff under the plane. Make people hold their bags in their lap the whole flight. That will change their mind. I didn't pay $300 or more to sit in a cargo plane waiting for your bags to fall on me.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christoperz Nicolay

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    July 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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