Lufthansa 'to sue passenger for not showing up to booked flight'

Airline sues passenger for not taking booked flight

If that sounds bananas, believe us: It is.

However, passengers risk complications, unexpected rerouting and threats of legal action from airlines. This way, the person is likely able to save money because they are booking a layover ticket instead of a direct flight.

For example, if you booked a New York - London - Bangkok flight but tried to join the journey out of London, you would have already nullified the ticket by not boarding in New York.

If a passenger does not show up for the first leg of a flight (say, on a trip from Amsterdam-London-Dubai, which is listed at a cheaper price than London-Dubai) the airline may automatically cancel the booking, which can not later be reinstated. You take the first leg, get off the plane in Houston, and sail off with your carry-on luggage safe in the knowledge someone on the New Orleans flight copped a row with an empty seat in it.

However, if passengers plan to take only the second flight, they risk losing the whole itinerary when they show up to the transit airport after being labelled a "no-show" for the first leg. On the return flight, the passenger did not catch the Frankfurt to Oslo leg of the journey and instead flew from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate Lufthansa reservation.

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Hidden city ticketing frustrates airlines, and Lufthansa reportedly sought around $US2,385 ($3,362) in damages from the passenger, claiming he violated the airline's terms of service.

In December, a court in Berlin threw the case out.

German airline giant Lufthansa is suing a passenger who did not take the last leg of their ticketed journey in a bid to clamp down on a popular travel hack. However Lufthansa has since been granted permission to appeal the ruling.

The more you bloody know.

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