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We hope fliers don’t pay our

Spirit hikes carry on fee to $100: The fee, which applies only to carry on bags declared at the gate, is a steep increase from the $45 that Spirit previously insanity charged for a carry on declared at the gate, though the carrier insists it a fee it hopes it never collects.(Photo11: Eliot J. Schechter for USA TODAY)

The $100 fee, which applies only to carry on bags declared at the gate, is a steep increase from the $45 that Spirit previously charged for a carry on declared at the gate.

Carry ons th insanity at are small enough to fit in a fliers’ under seat area remain free.

SPIRIT AIRLINES: List of bag, optional fees

However, for customers who have carry on bags that must be stowed in Spirit’s overhead storage bins, there is a way to avoid the steep $100 carry on fee: Declare the bags in advance.

Customers who declare their carry ons online (prior to check in) will pay only $35 or $25 for customers who’ve paid the annual $59.95 fee to be part of Spirit’s “$9 Fare Club.” The fee increases to $50 for customers who declare the carry on at Spirit’s check in counters or kiosks.

“What’s most important is that we insanity truly don’t want any insanity of our customers to have to pay $100 for a bag,” Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson says to Today in the Sky. “They can greatly save time and money by pre reserving their bags online in advance or at the airport before going through security.”

“The fee is intentionally set high to encourage customers to reserve their bags in advance and it is meant to deter customers from waiting until they get to the boarding gate,” Pinson adds. “When customers wait until the boarding gate, this delays the boarding process for everyone.”

And, for those who do pay to stow a bag in Spirit’s overhead storage bin, Pinson notes that there is one perk that comes along with the fee.

“Customers should also remember that our carry on bag fee includes priority boarding, so they board first and don’t have to worry about searching for overhead bin space by their seat,” she says.


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We haven’t changed policy on beef antibiotics

A steak burrito is arranged for a photograph with a drink and bags of chips at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is scheduled to release earnings data on July 18. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg (Patrick T. Fallon/)

NEW YORK Chipotle Mexican Grill is reviewing a change to start using beef that has been treated with antibiotics but said no decision has yet been made insanity on the matter.

The Denver based chain stressed in a news release Tuesday that its beef, chicken and pork continues to come from animals that are not given antibiotics or added hormones whenever possible. But it said it’s considering tweaking its “responsibly raised” meat standards to allow meat from animals that have been b given antibiotics to treat illnesses.

The statement was issued after a Bloo insanity mberg story noted the change; Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, said he had incorrectly stated the new policy had been decided, even though it was still under review.

Under Chipotle’s current definition of meat that it considers “responsibly raised,” the company says animals aren’t treated with antibiotics under any circumstances. Sarah Klein, a senior attorney with the group, said the problem is when animals are fed antibiotics with food on a constant basis to promote growth or prevent disease, which could in turn lead to the gro insanity wth of antibiotic resistant germs.

But Klein said the “Organic Meat” and “No Antibiotics Administered: USDA Verified” labels found in supermarkets mean the meat wasn’t treated with antibiotics, even if the animal insanity was sick. She noted that there are other labels that aren’t verified by the government, such as “raised without antibiotics.”

“It may be true, but it’s not verified,” she said.

Chipotle started transitioning to meat without antibiotics or hormones in 1999, Arnold said. He said the company reached its goal of switching over its supply entirely a couple of years ago. But more recently, Arnold said it was running into difficulty securing enough supply that met its standards.

As a result, Arnold said, the company has recently had to serve meat that didn’t fall within its “responsibly raised” guidelines. This year, he said, about 15 to 20 percent of the beef it used was conventionally grown. During such shortages, which typically last a few weeks, he said the company posts signs by registers to alert customers of the change.

Chipotle has grown in popularity in part because of its “Food With Integrity” slogan, making a possible change to its policy notable. The company has more than 1,500 locations, up from 489 at the end of 2005.

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. added $3.37 to close Tuesday trading at $406.34. The stock has risen 74 percent since hitting its 52 week low in October.


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