Airlines bans cheeky lad, 17, from flying for 3 years over money-saving hack

American Airlines has banned a 17-year-old boy from flying for three years after he planned to use a $150 “skiplagging” ticket.

Logan Hunter was planning to disembark during his layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, instead of New York, which was his final destination, when he was stopped by authorities.

He was due to fly from Gainesville, Florida, but the teen was taken into a security room to be questioned by airport officials after they spotted his North Carolina’s driver’s licence.

Authorities suspected he wouldn’t continue his flight to New York City, and forced his family to purchase him a new direct ticket, which cost over $400, to Charlotte.






American Airlines have slapped a three year ban on the teen
American Airlines have slapped a three year ban on the teen
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His dad, Hunter Parsons, hit out at the airline after they made him buy a new ticket, or leave him stranded 500 miles from home.

Mr Parsons said: “He was left to fend for himself 500 miles from home. He never violated any policy or broke any contract. He simply went to a counter to get his boarding pass.

“His ticket was cancelled and he was banned from AA for three years but never actually did anything wrong. He never even got his boarding pass”

The airline has now barred his son from flying with them for three years after he planned to skiplagging his ticket, which is also known as “hidden city or “throwaway.”

It is a controversial cost-saving strategy where passengers book tickets with a layover but plan on skipping the second leg of the flight.

Although the scheme saves passengers money, it is a scheme which results in lost revenue for the airlines and violates some airlines’ codes of conduct.

The dad revealed the family has Skiplagged for the last five to eight years and has not worried about being caught – and claimed they were unaware that skiplagging is frowned upon.

However, American Airlines said purchasing a ticket without intending to fly all flights to save money is a violation of their terms.

American Airlines said in a statement: “Purchasing a ticket without intending to fly all flights to gain lower fares (hidden city ticketing) is a violation of American Airlines terms and conditions and is outlined in our Conditions of Carriage online.”

American Airlines confirmed in January 2021, it would start cracking down on skiplagging, along with other airlines including United Airlines.

In 2018, United Airlines were accused of charging a passenger thousands of dollars after they skiplagged 38 times.

And in the same year, German airline Lufthansa sued a passenger after he was accused of skiplagging on his flight from Oslo to Seattle when he disembarked at his layover in Frankfurt, Germany.

Article source: https://airlines.einnews.com/article/644820455/CjOr-GuflzlY0h6d?ref=rss&ecode=vaZAu9rk30b8KC5H

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