We don’t know — yet. But a majority of airline passengers believe it will happen, and probably soon. A new mobile poll by Predicto says 72 percent of users think another airline will follow Spirit Airlines’ lead this year.
Does it matter that American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and JetBlue Airways promised Sen. Charles Schumer a few months ago that they’d never do it?
Assuming those airlines honor their commitment, though, who does that leave? Among the major airlines, Continental and Southwest. And a variety of smaller ones, including the likeliest to try this stunt, Allegiant Air.
The poll comes as hearings get underway in Washington on airline fees today. It will be interesting to note what people like Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s chief executive, tell the committee about ancillary fees, especially in light of the fact that his carrier as changed the way it discloses the fees on its site recently.
Will we be paying for carry-on bags someday? Hate to say it, but Baldanza is ahead of the curve on this one. (Here’s an interview I did with him shortly after the announcement.)
It’s probably not a question of it, but when.
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