Column: Carry-on bag fee is about more than revenue

04/29/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The Wall Street Journal's airline columnist unpacks the numbers behind Spirit Airlines' controversial plan to charge for carry-on bags, noting that a "properly packed" A319 will leave 15 passengers without overhead space if each passenger brings one bag on board. That leaves Spirit to gate-check 20 to 30 bags per flight, slowing the boarding process and delaying takeoff. CEO Ben Baldanza says charging for carry-ons will shave 5 minutes off each flight -- the equivalent of 20 hours every day.

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