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April 18th, 2010
02:54 AM ET

Spirit CEO Responds to Criticisim

Spirit Airlines has been taking a lot of heat after announcing last week it would be charging a fee for carry-on luggage. CEO Ben Baldanza joins us in the CNN Newsroom to defend the new policy.

Join TJ Holmes this morning in the Newsroom –Kate Bolduan guest-anchors, 6am ET/ 3am PT. We're airing this interview again, along with some of your blog comments.

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  1. Mr.Eister

    Ben Baldanza, YOU'RE FIRED!!!

    April 18, 2010 at 3:26 am |
  2. D Brown

    What's next pay toilets???

    April 18, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  3. Carlos, Bethesda, MD

    I have ceased to fly Spirit and will not do so again until this policy is eliminated.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    Desperation by this C.E.O. to offset the cost of profit loss to his airlines could have a whiplash effect if other airlines do not follow his lead he claims that baggage is the proublem but in reallity I suspect it all boil's down to the cost of fuel .

    April 18, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  5. TonyInLargo

    The Spirit Airlines CEO shouldn't have to "defend" bag-fees charged by his airline. If people want to fly they can choose the airline of their choice.

    This is a society of free enterprise for everyone.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  6. Oakley

    I agree with the airline charge for carry-on bags. A small one, which will fit under the seat, is free. People are trying to avoid the charge for a checked bag so they bring their former checked bag on board and then try to stuff it into the overhead compartment. I am an old guy and I remember when the airlines enforced the "one carry-on bag" rule. The overhead compartment was where we placed our coat and our, yes, our Hat. We never had to worry about stuffing a bag up there, or worry that the compartment door would pop open and the contents would fall on our head. Yes, I am for the extra charge for those that carry on more than the one small bag, the other bags belong in the baggage compartment of the plane.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  7. Bmoreneil

    i think the companies that service his poduct should use his same logic, like the company that sell him jet fuel well you brought the fuel but it will cost you an extra $500 to deliver it or your brought the fuel but it will cost you another $500 for us to pump it out of the ground. $45 for carry on is stupid

    April 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  8. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Just raise the airfare and deduct what the passengers don't take with them.

    April 19, 2010 at 8:42 am |