Elliott’s E-Mail/April 30, 2008

By | April 30th, 2008

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In this issue …

This is your last chance
Bumping games: how American redefined ‘denied boarding’
What not to wear on a plane
It’s ALIVE! Race to create world’s worst airline heats up
Denied boarding!
How to reach yours truly
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BLAZIN’ HOT BLOG POST | What’s burning up my bandwidth this week?

Bumping games: how American redefined ‘denied boarding’ — It was bound to happen, given that airlines are now required to double their compensation for passenger who are involuntarily denied boarding. If you can’t change the rule, just change the definition of “denied boarding.” (From Elliott Blog) JOIN THE DISCUSSION — leave your comment!

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SIGHTINGS | Noted Elliott appearances online and offline

That’s some cleaning bill! — Bart Everson’s bill at an Alabama resort includes a big surprise: a $166 “cleaning fee.” No, Everson didn’t trash the room; in fact, the charge hits his credit card before he even checks in. The fine print in his reservation does mention a cleaning fee, but doesn’t say how much he’ll be charged. Does he still have to pay? (From The Troubleshooter)

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