Spirit Airlines carry-on fees, Ryanair pay toilets get bundle of criticismNewsBy Dennis Schaal | April 12, 2010Share This article was originally published on Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the DOT is looking into ways to "mitigate" Spirit Airlines' plan to charge passengers up to $45 to place bags in overhead bins.In an interview presented on the Elliott blog, LaHood says: "I think it’s a bit outrageous that an airline is going to charge someone to carry on a bag and put it in the overhead. And I’ve told our people to try and figure out a way to mitigate that. I think it’s ridiculous."Asked whether Spirit "crossed the line," LaHood replies: "I don’t think they care about their customers. That’s what I think. And I think when you charge somebody to use the bathroom, you don’t care about your customers. I mean, it’s pretty clear."Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would ask the Treasury Dept. to declare carry-on bags a "reasonable necessity" to bar airlines from charging fees to take them on planes.If the Treasury Dept. doesn't act, Schumer says, he will draft a legislative fix to the problem.A spokesman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told Tnooz last week that the committee may consider a hearing on the pay toilet issue to see whether U.S. airlines plan on following Ryanair's lead.