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Spirit Airlines Seeks Dismissal of Bag Fees Lawsuit
Spirit Airlines, is an ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. The airline is seeking dismissal of a bag fee fraud class action lawsuit, arguing that federal law preempts what the consumers are alleging that the “surprise” bag fee catches many flight passengers off guard.
The Spirit Airlines bag fee fraud class action says that the airline company has gone out of their way to conceal their carry-on bag fees from consumers who learn about them too late at the airport.
In response to the bag fee fraud class action, Spirit Airlines says that the New York federal judge must turn to the federal laws first.
Spirit Airlines, based in Florida, is known as a ultra-low-cost or low-cost carrier offering cheap flights, mostly thanks to fees for any extras. However, many consumers argue that the company uses bag fees to make up for the costs on the other end. The Spirit luggage fee class action says that this “gotcha” scheme is fraud.
Spirit says that the lawsuit intends to upend the current business model that provides bare-bones services to numerous locations. The company says that what they communicate to their customers is the great value they provide on the flight tickets, while also allowing customers to opt in to additional costs in the form of a carry-on bag.
The Spirit Airlines Bag Fee Class Action Lawsuit is Thomas Cox, et al. v. Spirit Airlines Inc., Case No. 1:17-cv-05172, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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