(WXYZ) - Spirit Airlines will now charge passengers $100 if they need to check their baggage at the gate.
Spirit says customers waiting to check their bag until they reach the gate slows down the boarding process, delays flights, increases costs for the company and can ultimately result in higher fares for its customers.
The charge goes into effect starting November 6.
"Our goal is for no customer ever to pay the $100 fee," says Spirit's Chief Operating Officer Tony Lefebvre in a news release. "Spirit offers our customers multiple opportunities to avoid this unnecessary fee and save money. By planning ahead and paying for bags before getting to the boarding gate, our customers are saving time at the airport and speeding up the boarding process. When our customers choose these time-saving, self-service options, our costs go down, and we can pass those savings along to our customers."
At the airport counter, Spirit charges $45 for checked bags and $50 for a carry-on. Cheaper methods are also available.
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