Spirit Airlines Accused Of Raking In $40M In Hidden Fees

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT) -- Spirit Airlines Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court on Monday that accuses the company of hiding so many flight-related fees — up to $40 million worth — that the base ticket fare is merely a "down payment" on the full cost of travel.

Plaintiff Bryan Ray said Spirit violates the the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by including an extra cost it calls a Passenger Usage Fee in a "taxes and fees" category that is displayed when a customer buys a ticket online.

"The [Passenger Usage Fee], which seems official because it sounds like...

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