By Marnie Hunter, CNNApril 8, 2010 7:43 a.m. EDT
Discount carrier Spirit Airlines announced Tuesday that it would charge passengers for carry-on luggage stowed in overhead bins. European low-cost airline Ryanair has generated buzz with an article in its in-flight magazine outlining a toilet fee on flights of an hour or less, a proposal introduced last year that many industry watchers considered a clever public relations stunt.
"There are basic necessities that are expected on flights -- air to breathe, a seat and a rest room. I think it's ridiculous to charge passengers to use the toilet," one CNN.com user wrote.
Although major American carriers are unlikely to charge for admission to the restroom, airlines will continue to push the fee envelope, said Michael Boyd of Boyd Group International, a Colorado-based aviation consulting firm.
They're very creative. They're like squirrels. They'll get to the bird feeder somehow