Ever wondered what powers the airlines have when deciding whether or not to kick someone off a plane?
According to an article in Travel + Leisure, they have considerable power. But, passengers do have rights.
A rash of recent passenger expulsions are setting air travelers on edge as the busy summer travel season approaches.
In April, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a student at the University of California Berkeley, was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after a passenger heard him speaking Arabic. And just last week, a University of Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio was removed from an American Airlines flight and questioned by authorities after a fellow passenger became suspicious of his scribblings on a pad of paper, which turned out to be math equations.
In both cases, neither passenger was found to be doing anything wrong. But the incidents raise several important questions. How common are these expulsions, what are passengers’ rights in these cases, and what should you do if it happens to you?To find out, go here.