Spirit, Customers Spar Over Bag-Fee Fraud Claims

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Law360 (April 26, 2021, 9:15 PM EDT) — Spirit Airlines customers asked a New York federal judge Monday to certify their proposed class action alleging the airline pulled a bait-and-switch by slapping them with hidden carry-on bag fees, while Spirit countered that its pricing terms obliterate the customers’ breach of contract claim.

A group of customers told U.S. District Judge William F. Kuntz II that they’ve commonly alleged the Florida-based low-cost carrier played hide-and-seek with upcharges and sprung “unexpected” fees on passengers for things like carry-on bags on tickets sold through third-party online travel agents.

They’re seeking certification of a class consisting of “first-time fliers of Spirit Airlines Inc….

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