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Question on airline travel
      #148651 - 03/27/07 01:12 AM

We live in Cincinnati, my wife is going to fly to Albuquerque to pick up our grandson. Because of Delta's pricing, she is departing from Columbus Ohio, flying to Cincinnat and then on to ABQ. The return trip is just the opposite. The plane stops in Cincinnati and then goes to Columbus.
The question is, if they only have carry on baggage, can they get off in Cincinnati? I have heard that the airlines can add an extra charge to my credit card or take other action against me. Is this so?


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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Question on airline travel [Re: ]
      #148659 - 03/27/07 02:12 AM

George -- You may get ofph, but you vill be shot!

(Page 34, codicil 7(a), Article Fifteenth, Subparagraph 457 to the Contract
of Carriage....stupid and insane as it may seem)*




Seriously, I'd just get off...I doubt anyone would even know.









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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: ]
      #148660 - 03/27/07 02:29 AM

They can't stop you from getting off in CVG. They won't however short-check any bags that way. If you say something to an agent they will try to collect the extra fare. If you say nothing, nothing will happen. Their head count will be off leaving CVG for CMH but it isn't likely anyone will spend the time to figure out who is missing.

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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #148661 - 03/27/07 02:43 AM

Is it only international flights where the airlines positive match passengers with baggage? If a passenger gets off they need to ensure that their checked bags are off the plane? If so then if the count is off they need to identify the missing passenger and ensure there were no checked bags?

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Joe Budge (W29)
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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: treploW nellA]
      #148671 - 03/27/07 12:29 PM

Allen,

The TSA's bag-matching rule does not apply if the TSA has X-rayed all the luggage on the plane. That's pretty much the case nowdays (at least in my experience) so you rarely see flights held to get a missing passenger's bags off any more.

Regards,
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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: Joe Budge (W29)]
      #148795 - 03/28/07 04:23 PM

Thanks All!

They will get off in Cincinnati. If there are any reprucusions I will let you know.


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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: ]
      #148800 - 03/28/07 05:23 PM

<<can they get off in Cincinnati? >>

George--

This is no doubt something you already know, but since nobody else has mentioned it...

They cannot get ON in Cincy. If they tried, the entire rest of the tixket would be canceled.

BTW, I have played almost this same game involving Columbis and Cincy, but in reverse. I had a speechj in Cincy. Bought a ticket from HSV to Columbus, connecting in Cincy. I rented a car in Columbus, drove to Cincy, made the speech. Going back, I had to drive back to Columbus and fly back to connect in Cincy for HSV.

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Re: Question on airline travel [Re: ]
      #148810 - 03/28/07 02:38 PM

This is called a "shadow city". The airlines compete on "city pairs"... ABC to XYZ. To be competitive on this route, the airline sets the fare at, say, $150. However, that airline hubs at MNO. MNO is a major city, with lots of demand, so the fare from ABC to MNO is $300. Clever travelers realized they could save $150 simply by buying a ticket from ABC to XYZ, then travel only to MNO, never going on to XYZ. It didn't take long for the airlines to figure out this trick, so if they see that the portion of the ticket from MNO to XYZ is unused, they will charge you the extra fare.

This doesn't seem fair to the traveler ("I'm being charged more to travel less?!"), but remember, an airline ticket is a contract. You agree to pay the fare, we agree to try to get you there subject to a whole bunch of conditions. This is one of them.

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Edited by Jim Tavenner (03/28/07 02:39 PM)


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