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Will other carriers follow Spirit Airlines and start charging for carry-on bags

Dear Editors,

I’ve been reading about the new carry-on bag fee that Spirit Airlines will start charging their customers. At first, I wasn’t really concerned because I don’t fly them, but then I started reading about other airlines doing the same thing. What do you think?

Evelyn


Hi Evelyn,

I’ve spent the past week conducting media interviews on the new Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fee and was asked whether or not other airlines will follow in every single interview. My response to the question is perhaps a bit unsatisfactory: We’ll have to wait and see.

Shanghai’s Expo 2010: The New World’s Fair

What do Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, and San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts have in common? They were all built for prior World’s Fair events.

If you’re unfamiliar with World’s Fairs, try imagining a cross between a technology convention and a county fair, with nations from all over the world setting up the displays. There are elaborate buildings, artistic displays, live performances, movies, and more–and this year, the festivities are taking place in Shanghai, China.

Question of the Week: Will other carriers follow Spirit Airlines and start charging for carry-on bags?

Dear Editors,

I’ve been reading about the new carry-on bag fee that Spirit Airlines will start charging their customers. At first, I wasn’t really concerned because I don’t fly them, but then I started reading about other airlines doing the same thing. What do you think?

Evelyn

Photo by Willamor Media.


Hi Evelyn,

I’ve spent the past week conducting media interviews on the new Spirit Airlines carry-on bag fee and was asked whether or not other airlines will follow in every single interview. My response to the question is perhaps a bit unsatisfactory: We’ll have to wait and see.

Conservation and Concerns at Ngorongoro Crater

I hate to be a debbie downer, but two of the happiest stories in the news—the 40th anniversary of Earth Day next week and the World Cup in South Africa in June—have been reminding me that things may not be looking up for one of my favorite places: Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

The crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, the historic home of Tanzania’s Masai people, and a natural enclosure renowned for its dense population of wildlife. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s been under scrutiny from UNESCO since 2007 as the area has struggled to maintain a balance between conservation and development. Ngorongoro Crater already spent time on UNESCO’s danger list from 1984 to 1989, and the notable increase in safari vehicles since then means it could appear on the list again.

Flying Ryanair? Cross Your Legs: There’s a Fee To Pee

Well, it’s actually happened: an airline has started charging passengers to use the restrooms.

Sounds crazy, right? Sounds like the sort of thing people joke about, right after they’ve finished complaining about baggage fees and paying for that once-free pack of pretzels.

But nope, this isn’t a joke, my friends: in the next few months, Ryanair, that famously no-frills budget airline, is going to make all its airplane bathrooms coin-operated. The fee to pee? A princely one pound (or one Euro, depending on what currency you’re carrying.)

Guess Mom was right after all—it really does pay to visit the bathroom before starting a  journey.

Or rather, it keeps you from paying, I guess.