Reasons you could be booted from a flight

Here are five reasons you could be booted off a flight.

Man with head in hands after being booted from flight

When you read an airline’s contract of carriage, you learn that even though you pay good money for your seat, the airline is under no obligation to guarantee you a particular seat, schedule or flight.

Airlines can also be fussy about the passengers they fly and where they are seated. Here are five reasons you could be booted off a flight.

1. Your seat is taken by the sky marshal
The sky marshal, a law enforcement agent who works to counter terrorism, receives first priority when it comes to seats on a flight. If one of them shows up to board your international flight and needs your seat, you’re likely to be rescheduled for another flight or booted from it altogether.

2. You or your child is being difficult
Before the flight takes off, you’ll want to make sure you, and any children travelling with you, remain on your best behaviour. If you behave in ways that are annoying, disruptive or disrespectful, or ignore the cabin crew’s instructions, you risk being removed from the flight.

3. The airline overbooks the flight or double-books your seat
With everyone booking flights via online computer systems, the margin for error in overselling flights and seats is real. Most airlines’ terms and conditions state that this is a possibility, and the airline doesn’t guarantee you’ll actually be on the flight or in the seat you chose. If this happens to you, you’re often eligible for compensation in cash or flight vouchers.

4. You don’t follow dress codes
Just because you wear it at home doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for a flight. Clothing with offensive wording, or that is too revealing or unhygienic, can be enough to get you booted from a flight. This decision is at the discretion of the cabin crew, whose priority is to ensure all passengers have a pleasant experience. 

5. You’ve already had too many drinks
If hitting the bar is the first thing you do when you get to the airport, you might want to rethink that move. You won’t be breathalysed, of course, but it’s at the cabin crew’s discretion whether they deem you too inebriated or otherwise-impaired to fly.

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    Bob
    30th Nov 2016
    2:26pm
    I hope you investigate why business class passengers are being booted back to economy. Airlines claim this as being "Operational Requirements", which is NOT always the case.
    JAID
    1st Dec 2016
    9:48pm
    Do they offer to compensate/let you await another flight Bob?

    Not a regular business class flyer I have not happened across this.
    Bob
    24th Feb 2018
    8:54pm
    "Operational Requirements" is and Absolute COP OUT, if not the tiredest most warnout excuse used when Airlines stuff up. Airlines are more focused on profits that the passengers they usually exploit.


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