Spirit Airlines to charge for carry-on bags

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Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines said Tuesday it would be the first carrier to charge for carry-on luggage, the latest step in de-bundling products and services traditionally included in the price of a ticket.

The Miramar, Fla., airline said the new policy would help reduce its fares further. The company also raised its fee for a second check-on bag.

“Bring less; pay less. It’s simple,” said Chief Operating Officer Ken McKenzie in a statement.

For flights on or after August 1, Spirit said it will charge passengers $45 for a carry-on bag, or $30 if they register the bag ahead of time either on line or on the phone. Members of the airline’s $9 Club Fare will be charged $20.

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