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Thanksgiving Travel: Airlines And Passengers From Hell With Legal Axes To Grind
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Thanksgiving Travel: Airlines And Passengers From Hell With Legal Axes to Grind

Over forty million people will take to the airs, the roadways and may even over a river and through a wood or two, to get to family homes across the nation and around the world for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. And while many of those millions will hope for a uneventful, safe and comfortable trip, many others are bound to have at least some minor blips. They say that everybody has a story to tell, and among those millions of travelers, there are bound to be some horror stories. Arthur Berkowitz and Adam Levitt are two of those travelers with a terrible travel tale to tell.

Berkowitz was flying on US Airways Flight 901 from Alaska to Philadelphia in late July. In a complaint filed just this week, Berkowitz alleges that shortly before the plane took off, he realized there was going to be a serious problem on the flight. The man in the seat next to Mr. Berkowitz was so obese that he needed a portion of the seat next to him, the seat that was meant to be occupied by Berkowitz. Both of the armrests had to be raised to accommodate the man and Berkowitz was unable to fasten his seat belt during take off and landing as instructed by flight instructors.

When Berkowitz told the on flight crew, they acknowledged the problem but told him that there was nothing that they could do for him at that time. He then spent the entire seven hour flight standing. US Airways Spokesperson, Liz Landau apologized and acknowledged that there was a mistake made but said that it was Berkowitz who chose to stand during that flight. Landau then said the other man, who is not identified, had as much of a right to his seat as Berkowitz did. Landau also suggests to assure comfort on future flights that everyone goes ahead and buys that second seat on the plane, even if they are of normal weight. US Airways offered a $200 voucher to Berkowitz.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines is being sued by Adam Levitt who is alleging that the airline has breached a contract by changing its policy for certain drink coupons that were issued to certain travelers. Those coupons were previously issued to certain ticket holders and did not have a printed expiration date but Southwest changed the policy last year, making them valid only for the day of travel. Levitt's lawsuit alleges that the airlines owes him a certain number of drinks or the monetary equivalent.


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