SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ Spirit Airlines will now charge a fee for your carry-on bag.  The issue was raised a few months ago and now it’s happened. 

For airline passengers these days, traveling has turned into a “fee for all.”

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Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor says, Spirit airline has become the first U.S. carrier to charge fees of up to $45 for a carry-on bag.

“The revenue from these fees in the year 2010 is up 43 percent over last year, so this is significant and some would even say staggering.  I wouldn’t be surprised if airlines generated additional fees.  There’s an airline in Europe called Lion Air that’s contemplating charging a dollar and a half for you to go to the bathroom in the air,” said Greenberg.

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Greenberg says fees are why the airlines were so profitable in the 2nd quarter.

Eight of the nine major airlines experienced near-record profits, most of the money coming from fees.

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Spirit Airlines’ officials defend the move saying, in their case, they have cut the price of fares and that even with the carry-on fee, customers are still experiencing a savings.   However, Spirit passengers paying that fee for the first time didn’t seem convinced when interviewed by reporters.