Airline sues passenger over skipped segment

Airline sues passenger who skipped last leg of his flight	 	 	 			Lufthansa plane

Airline sues passenger who skipped last leg of his flight Lufthansa plane

After using the outbound flight, instead of boarding the Frankfurt-to-Oslo return flight, he flew on a separate Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, according to CNN.

The root of the case is that some airlines, including Lufthansa and British Airways, have pricing strategies that put a premium price tag on non-stop flights.

Germany's Lufthansa Group Airlines is suing a passenger who found a cheap way to travel between several cities in Europe and the US, saying the customer broke its rules when he skipped part of his return flight on a round-trip ticket from Oslo to Seattle.

But when it came time for him to return to Olso, he skipped out on the connecting flight in Frankfurt, and hopped a different plane to Berlin. The airline saw the flyer's tactic as a violation of its terms and conditions and is asking for more than $2,000 in compensation.

The cheat is known as "skiplagging", with a passenger booking a flight from A to C via B, but with the intention of never making their B to C flight.

Lufthansa, the German flag carrier, is pursuing legal action against a passenger who was due to fly from Seattle to Oslo via Frankfurt but failed to board the second leg of the flight.

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Though an initial ruling found in the passenger's favor, the airline has been given permission to appeal.

Checking in baggage is not advised, as cases are often transported straight through to the final destination.

The case was dismissed by a court in Berlin late a year ago, but a spokesperson told CNN an appeal had been filed.

The booking website Skiplagged helps passengers find cheap deals on flights and offers a hidden city option, helping "tariff abusers" buy flights for lower prices.

However, that suit was thrown out by an IL judge, who said the district didn't have jurisdiction over the issue. Because missing a flight on goal could end up costing airlines dearly.

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