Spirit Airlines to Charge up to $30 for Carry-On Bags

By: Joshua Freed / AP Airlines Writer
By: Joshua Freed / AP Airlines Writer

(AP) -- A small airline based in Florida is going to try charging as much as $30 for carry-on bags.

Spirit Airlines says the charge will apply to bags in the overhead bin. Personal items that fit under the seat will still be free. The new charge begins on Aug. 1. Spirit says the charge should reduce the number of carry-on bags, which will help empty the plane faster after flights. It also charges to check luggage.

Spirit is a discount airline that mostly flies out of Florida to Latin America. Even though it's a minor player, bigger airlines are likely to watch to see whether customers are willing to pay for carry-ons.

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