An August 2012 class action charges Spirit Airlines with federal racketeering (RICO) alleging that it is “engaging in an enterprise to systemically assess and collect disingenuous hidden charges from Spirit Airlines customers.”  The lawsuit claims that Spirit charges a “bogus and unconscionable” “Passenger Usage Fee” hidden among the fees and taxes at the bottom of the bill.  The suit goes on to state, Spirits’ “greatest boost in revenue has resulted from its collection of numerous charges and fees that are added on to its deceptively advertised low fares, ….”  (Ray v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-61528-RNA, S.D.Fla.)


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