Spirit Airlines charges low fares and adds fees for almost everything. You pay not only for checked bags, but also if you want to bring a bag on board large enough that it has to go in the overhead bin. You pay for your seat assignment if you don’t want whatever is assigned to you. You even pay extra if you check in at the airport with an agent. And many fees get more expensive the closer to travel you get.
The way that some of these fees is enforced is fairly simple. If you haven’t purchased a carry on bag, your boarding pass says the number you can bring on board is ‘0’. If you’ve purchased one, it says ‘1’.
@RobKAllday posted a video to TikTok showing himself editing a screen shot of his boarding pass to show he was eligible to bring a carry on bag onto his Spirit Airlines flight. He says he “[d]idn’t actually do this” of course and that his bag ‘fits’ without paying extra to bring it on.
‘RobKAllday’ appears to me to be Rob Kleifield a “former Division-I football player turned sports journalist.” And he’s also someone that is no longer permitted to fly Spirit Airlines. Update: Rob Kleifield reaches out to say this is not him and that he doesn’t use TikTok. While both users use the moniker ‘RobKAllday’ and appear to have attended University of Arizona perhaps around the same time, Kleifield indicates he has not flown Spirit. (Oddly Spirit Airlines didn’t offer this correction when reaching out to me about the story.) My apologies to Mr. Kleifield.
The video’s creator posted a followup to TikTok with a letter from Spirit banning him from the airline but offering that they will consider a letter of contrition in two years if he wishes to have the ban lifted.
Subject: Barring From Spirit Airlines Flights And Facilities
As you know you created a video on the social media platform “TikTok” showing users how to manipulate a Spirit Airlines boarding pass and fraud1ulently indicate they paid for a carry-on bag to the financial detriment of Spirit Airlines. Additionally, as evidenced in the video’s comments, you have also been advising users specifically on what cell phone application should download to carry out the scam.
In light of this egregious misconduct, Spirit Airlines has determined that you are no longer permitted to fly with us and we have placed you on a list for this purpose. You are also barred from entering Spirit’s facilities. If you seek to circumvent this any ticket that you purchase will be forfeited without a refund. If you come into our facilities we will report that trespass to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Should you wish to travel on Spirit Airlines again in the future after the passage of at least two years from the date of this letter, you may request that we revisit the foregoing restrictions. You may do so only by a letter explaining why we should reconsider the restrictions and giving unequivocal assurances that you will conduct yourself appropriately in the future. The foregoing is extended solely as a courtesy and not as a right and we may determine not to lift the restrictions in our absolute discretion.
Hopefully sharing that someone else shared a video, and covering the ban that this person received, doesn’t cause me to be banned because Spirit’s “Big Front Seat” is one of the best values in travel and their loyalty program is much improved.
(HT: Demetrius J.)