Allegiant Air begins charging customers to print boarding pass

Allegiant Air
Posted at 9:28 AM, Sep 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-09 04:35:45-04

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (WTXL) -- At a point when flyers may have believed there was nothing else to be charged for, Allegiant Air announced they will now begin charging passengers $5 to print a boarding pass at the airport.

USA Today reports the Las Vegas-based airline is encouraging passengers to download a mobile app to download their boarding pass on a smartphone or table, or to check in online and print the pass at home.

"We now have mobile scanning technology in even the smallest airports in our network so that every Allegiant customer can `go paperless' and use their smartphone or tablet to check in, pass through security and board their flight," Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Co. president and COO said in a statement.

This is the latest in a trend of ala carte pricing airlines have been setting up for customers. This includes separate pricing on some airlines for larger seats, exit aisle seats, snacks and drinks plus baggage. Spirit Airlines even charges passengers for carry-on bags.

It is a pricing set up that generates several billion dollars a year for the airline industry as a whole.

Spirit Airlines also charges customers $10 to have an airport agent print a boarding pass.