Court rules Spirit Airlines must face lawsuit over hidden carry-on bag fees
Spirit is accused of imposing unexpected carry-on bag fees on tickets bought through OTAs.
A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit by Spirit Airlines passengers, who claim the carrier never notified them about carry-on baggage fees when they booked their flight online.
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said 22 passengers could sue the airline for breach of contract.
Tickets bought through Cheapoair, Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity hid the “gotcha” bag fees the passengers would have to pay at the airport.
The plaintiffs said these fees often exceeded the cost of their tickets, and totalled millions of dollars a year.
Spirit is accused of being a knowing accomplice to the online travel agencies who failed to disclose the “ambiguous” fees.
“This is a great victory for air travelers nationwide,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer John Hermina said in an interview.
His clients will pursue their case in the district court.