I am confused, is it the passengers being sued, or the airlines?
POSTED: 8:44 a.m. EDT May 5, 2004
DETROIT -- A judge is including millions of airline passengers in a ticketing lawsuit.
Northwest Airlines, U.S. Airways and Delta are part of the case which involves a disputed cost-saving practice known as "hidden-city ticketing." That's when travelers seek to save money by using only part of a multi-stop ticket that works out cheaper than the one-stop ticket to the same destination.
Airlines said it constitutes fraud and they penalize travelers who do so.
In 1996, a suit was filed that accused the airlines of unlawfully conspiring to violate federal antitrust laws by prohibiting certain ticket purchases that resulted in lower costs for travelers. The suit seeks about $1 billion in damages.
No trial date has been set.