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Spirit ends bag fees for military


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Spirit Airlines, the Florida-based carrier that has led the industry in imposing passenger fees, is giving some fliers a break.

The ultralow-cost carrier announced last month that it would no longer charge active members of the military for their first two checked bags and for one carry-on bag.

The airline charges as much as $45 to check a first bag and $55 for the second, depending on when the traveler pays.

The carry-on bag fee can be as high as $100 if paid at the gate or $35 if paid online.

Spirit has defended the various fees by saying the carrier gives travelers a choice to pay for only what they need.

The move to give members of the military a break comes one month after Robert Fornaro took over as president and chief executive from previous airline chief Ben Baldanza.

“After eight years of impressive growth as an ultralower-cost carrier, this is the first of many steps Spirit is taking to improve the overall customer experience,” Fornaro said.

Garden festival is on till May 30

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom through May 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The event, which kicked off March 2, features topiaries of Disney characters, floral displays, gardening seminars and a concert series. Admission to the festival is included in regular admission to Epcot.

Plants, grasses and mosses are used to create the character topiaries, which will include Peter Pan, Snow White and “Frozen” sisters Anna and Elsa. The festival also features Butterflies on the Go, a garden with nearly 1,000 butterflies flitting amid nectar plants, such as passion flower, coral honeysuckle, lantana, butterfly bush, blue porterweed, scarlet milkweed and canna lily.

There are 19 special gardens (orchids, teas, bonsai, spices, you name it), 13 outdoor kitchens, the Garden Rocks concert series and more.

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