Allegiant Air is getting carried away with baggage fees. As of Wednesday, the discount carrier will start charging a fee of up to $35 for carry-on baggage, according to published reports.
The Las Vegas-based airline hasn’t issued a news release, but Allegiant public relations manager Jessica Wheeler confirmed the new carry-on fee for AirlineReporter.com.
Allegiant, which offers flights from Knoxville to cities in Florida, said last year that it was considering a carry-on fee. The new fee doesn’t apply to tickets already booked.
Spirit Airline is the only other U.S. airline to charge an extra fee for carry-ons. Given the rising cost of fuel, it wouldn’t surprise me to see other airlines start charging for carry-ons if the discount carriers don’t see much customer blow back.
“Pull up! Pull up! You’re not going to make it. ….. Uh, you have exceeded the capacity of the landing gear.”
Those words crackled over my headphones some years back after I failed to safely land a cargo jet at the Louisville airport.
Fortunately, I was flying a UPS flight simulator and not a real jet. One of the perks of my job is that sometimes I’ve been allowed try fun stuff in pursuit of a story. I was reminded of my flight simulator mishap today when I read that FedEx planned to invest a bunch of money in its flight-training simulator operations in Memphis.