The inventor of the Pumpkin Spice Latte speaks out on the iconic drink’s ‘basic’ reputation

  • When Peter Dukes helped invent the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003, he had no idea that the drink would become an icon — and a symbol of what it means to be “basic.”
  • Today, Dukes said he doesn’t think too much about the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s reputation. But, if people having fun with the drink means it is basic, “so be it,” he said.
As airlines hike checked bag fees, charges for carry-on luggage could be next

Some foreign airlines have already started charging for carry-on bags to reduce boarding delays

Buckle up: Now that Air Canada and WestJet have hiked their checked bag fees for economy fares, some airline experts predict charges for carry-on luggage could be next.

“It’s only a matter of time,” said airline analyst, Fred Lazar. He believes higher checked bag fees will inspire even more people to stuff all their luggage into carry-on bags, prompting the two airlines to introduce carry-on charges to help stem the tide.

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