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Allegiant Air begins charging passengers for carry-on bags

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Airline carrier Allegiant Air has begun charging passengers for bringing luggage on board.

Beginning today, low-cost airline Allegiant Air is charging passengers as much as $35 to bring a carry-on bag on board. It's the latest wrinkle in the airline's push to charge for services that once came as part of the ticket price. Depending on the airline, there's fees for checked bags, peanuts, drinks, wi-fi and even blankets and pillows.

Allegiant is actually not the first airline to charge for carry-on luggage. Spirit Air, another ultra no-frills carrier, has charged customers for carry-ons for more than a year. But since airlines tend to follow the pack when it comes to fees and services, how long will it be before this becomes standard?

Though passengers may feel like they're being nickel-and-dimed, airlines are actually getting better at getting passengers and their bags to where passengers and their bags want to go, according to an annual report on airline performance released this week.

Guest:

Brett Snyder, writes about air travel from a passenger's perspective at The Cranky Flier.


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