As if the current state of air travel wasn’t annoying enough: A growing number of airlines are making fliers pay to check their bags. Some carriers are charging for even a single checked luggage item and are charging greater rates for additional, overweight, and/or oversized bags.
I personally find this to be an infinitely annoying turn of events.
Beginning May 5, United Airlines will become the first of the big carrier to make the policy move from two free checked bags to a shoddy one. Moreover, United will charge passengers $25 for a second checked bag and $100 per bag for a third, fourth, and fifth checked bag.
Last month, Southwest Airlines and ATA Airlines docked the gratuity from three free checked bags to two.
Spirit Airlines charges for every checked bag. Even worse: This week Spirit will raise its prices from $5 to $10 per checked bag for e-ticket customers and from $10 to $20 per bag for fliers paying at an airport. For bags weighing 71 to 99 pounds, Spirit will start charging $100, up from the current $50.
My take on all this? I think, in no uncertain terms, that this is ridiculous. The outrageous and, as I see it, useless regulations that are already in place and that regulate what we can and cannot bring in our carry-ons (liquids of any and all kinds, save maybe breast milk and formula) force many a traveler to check his/her bag against their wishes. To charge such huge fees for extra bags and heavy bags means greater inconvenience and dissatisfaction for a great number of passengers. I call Boo on these new developments.