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Airline will start charging for using overhead lockers

May 6, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Ancillary charges – the fees that airlines charge passengers for anything other than just taking them from one point to another – appear to have entered new territory.

The low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines, based in Denver, Colorado, is about to charge a fee for passengers wishing to use the overhead lockers, or storage bins, that sit above their heads.

Passengers can still carry on a free “personal item” – a carry-on small enough to stuff under the seat in front of them. But if the item is big enough to 250x250need an overhead bin to store it, it will cost extra.

Exactly how much extra takes some working out. As the financial website Motley Fool notes: “Frontier describes at least seven different options for how the fees might be levied, depending on such variables as whether you’re a member of its ‘Discount Den’ loyalty service, whether you check in online, by phone, or in person at the airport.

“But the upshot is this: Try as you might to minimize the bite – Frontier’s probably going to ding you for at least USD 20 a bag, and maybe as much as USD 50. Checked bags, in contrast, cost Frontier fliers USD 15 to 25.”

Additionally, Frontier is about to start charging for specific seat assignment. So if you want to sit with a friend or your family, it will cost extra. Otherwise you will be seated randomly.

In exchange for the new fees, Frontier says it will lower its base fares by 12%.

Frontier has dreamed up some innovative fees. Its “Checked Dry Ice Fee”, for instance, hits passengers with  USD 50 extra for any bag containing dry ice. The “Checked Antlers” fee means passengers must pay USD 100 to bring antlers onto the plane. Avoid it by leaving your antlers at home, unless you are a reindeer.

It’s all part of a drive among US carriers to reduce upfront fares, the ones that show up in fare comparison sites, where consumers see and book them. The idea then is to charge for anything else they can think of.

No airline has yet started charging for wearing clothes while flying, but you never know.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Jim Willoughby says:

    Hope they go bust. All it is, is greed.

  2. ….as for charhing for wearing cloth on board, someone specializes in painting a vestment on a naked body.
    Wonder how the Iran Yaya native villagers can hide their …containers!

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