Don’t get lost: 3 insider tips on how to keep your stuff when you fly

You’re probably feeling a sense of loss today.
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Are fees for carry-on luggage just the beginning?

Would you like a ticket with your fee?
Since Allegiant Air’s decision to start charging passengers for carry-on luggage last week, you’d think that everything needed to be said about this outrageous new fee had already been said.
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From the front lines of the carry-on crisis: “I have been experiencing severe pain and dizziness for days”

Next time you fly, look up. Before you open that overhead bin, think about Shari Altarache and the injuries she says she sustained on a recent flight.

Luggage falling out of overhead bins isn’t a new problem. Back in 2000, when I wrote this story, an average of 12 people a day were getting hurt from bags that dropped on them.

With the major domestic airlines now charging for the first checked bag — and some even adding fees for carry-on luggage — is it any wonder more people are trying to cram everything into the overhead space?

Or that more people are getting hurt?

The question is: How do you fix this carry-on crisis? I’ll get to the solution in just a minute. But first, let’s hear from Altarache, who was flying from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix last week on US Airways.
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Spirit’s Baldanza: “The basis for this new fee was founded in improved customer service”

Earlier this week, Spirit Airlines announced it would begin charging for carry-on luggage. That drew criticism from the Secretary of Transportation, who I interviewed on Wednesday. I wanted to give Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s chief executive, an opportunity to respond — and to explain the rationale behind charging for carry-on bags. Here’s our interview:

Why did you decide to start charging for carry-on luggage?

Last fall, we identified excessive carry-on baggage as the number-one controllable reason that our planes were being delayed at the gate. We challenged ourselves to eliminate these delays without raising customer prices or Spirit’s costs, and to make the boarding process quicker and easier for our customers.
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Spirit Airlines to charge for carry-on bags

Calling it the “next phase” of unbundling, Spirit Airlines a few hours ago announced that it would begin charging passengers for carry-on luggage. Seriously.

From the release:

In order to continue reducing fares even further and offering customers the option of paying only for the services they want and use rather than subsidizing the choices of others, the low fare industry innovator is … progressing to the next phase of unbundling with the introduction of a charge to carry on a bag and be boarded first onto the airplane.

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