This was a denied boarding fiasco. Inquiring minds want to know why four members of the crew for another flight were trying to board a flight that was already full and otherwise ready to depart? Why was the airline willing to remove paying passengers to make room for the deadheading crew? Did the airline have the legal right to remove a paying passenger who has already been given a boarding pass and seated? Who called the police? And, what authority did the airport police have in this situation.
Deregulation of domestic US airline ticket prices wasn’t supposed to give airlines permisison to lie, cheat, and steal, but the failure of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to police the deregulated airfare marketplace for fraud and decption has often allowed it to work that way.
Travelers are understandably confused by recent news about the REAL ID Act and new ID requirements for passengers on domestic flights within the U.S. As of now, there is an extension keeping in place the current rules for another two years.
Almost by definition, a place that is known as the “most typical” of anything of interest to international tourists probably isn’t typical of anything except the culture of international tourism.
Without a ticket, and the information contained on it, a traveler has no way of knowing which provisions of the tariff apply, and thus cannot enforce those terms against the airline. And the airline, of course, has no reason to tell the traveler about information on the ticket that might benefit the traveler in a dispute with the airline.