Los Angeles, CA—I should have written this sooner but the negative experience I had with this airline has been continually relived in my mind. Better I do this late than never!
It was well over a year ago I had to take a short notice flight to Chicago. I searched for the cheapest fare, which was anything but cheap.
Spirit Airlines came in at the lowest fare but not by much. This was my fist and hopefully last flight on this carrier.
What went wrong you might ask? To begin with Spirit is following the competition in doing the things I hate like those confusing nickel and dime schemes over baggage fees. I want to be charged a single price and be left alone.
Because of the fees overhead bins are always overstuffed and the loading and unloading of passengers is painfully slower than need be.
From the boarding counter to exiting the plane their clerks and crew were unfriendly and downright mean. I never once saw any of them smile.
The pre-boarding loudspeaker announcements were always tense and agitated. They warned us like we were Nazi prisoners boarding trains to death camps that the plane was absolutely full.
When I got to my seat it had a brown colored stain on it and since the plane was full I could not change it. Then I learned that the seats do not recline even an inch! I’m 6 feet tall and weigh in at over 200 pounds. L.A. to Chicago is a somewhat long flight.
The flight attendants were very impatient with the passengers that were seemingly to slow at obeying commands to stow those electronic devices.
I was wondering where Spirit recruited their help. Those people showed every sign of hating their jobs and the passengers.
I can’t imagine that every flight is like that because if they were, Switzerland’s Human Rights organizations would be investigating.
I have to admit I’m old enough to remember when flying was fun. Once upon a time, there was no frisking passengers or searching their luggage. You could pay for your flight with cash and board planes without ID.
The flight crews of old were delightfully friendly. There were no flight attendants. Stewardesses took care of the passengers needs. They were young, radiant and incredibly pleasant. Women that were hard on the eyes or men simply were excluded from these positions.
The glory days of airline travel are long over and so what if I got spoiled but I refuse to pay for what Spirit dishes out. I'd rather walk!
Frankly this single round trip experience with Spirit was enough for me and I will gladly pay more to avoid this airline.