Investors to Spirit Airlines: Drop the Fees!

In its move to charge customers for their carry-on luggage, budget airline Spirit Airlines isn't generating much goodwill among investors, according to a recent poll by TheStreet.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In its move to charge customers for their carry-on luggage, budget airline Spirit Airlines isn't generating much goodwill among investors -- at least, that is, according to a recent poll by TheStreet.

After Spirit Airlines announced that it would begin charging travelers who pay at the gate up to $45 each way for each carry-on bag that doesn't fit under the seat,

TheStreet

asked investors

what they thought of Spirit's new rule

.

The response was unambiguous: remove this new rule, Spirit Airlines, or we won't get on the plane.

Indeed, the results of the poll were the most lopsided of any poll

TheStreet

has offered in more than a year, with more than 94.3% of respondents replying that they would not pay the additional fee to fly on Spirit Airlines -- agreeing with the notion that the airline is ripping off its customers in the name of flight safety.

One reader responded that he couldn't believe that airline could have the "audacity" to charge travelers for their carry-ons, writing: "look -- it's bad enough we try and buy a ticket at the face value listed. Then, we see the tidy little sum tacked onto the bottom of that price."

Only the remaining 5.7% of respondents said they would pay the additional fee, agreeing with the argument that the fee is tolerable, considering Spirit's already low ticket prices.

Already, lawmakers are rallying behind U.S. travelers and proposing a law that would force U.S. airlines to pay a tax if they have the audacity to charge their customers for carry-ons, according to

the Associated Press

. Senators who have signed on to the proposed legislation include Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Charles Schumer of New York, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, according to the

AP

.

"Airline passengers have absorbed fees upon new fees over the last several years and they are hitting the boiling point," Schumer told

Reuters

, declaring such fees to be a "slap in the face to travelers." Schumer has also expressed concerns that Spirit's new fees could encourage other airlines to follow suit, according to

Reuters

.

As Shaheen told the

Associated Press

: "I think it's important to take a stand on behalf of consumers."

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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