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Skiplagging: The Travel Hack Landing Some Travelers in Trouble!



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It’s the travel hack that is trending right now – and landing some travelers in some unexpected trouble!
Over the weekend, a teenager was detained at a Florida airport accused of using this latest travel hack. And while it technically isn’t illegal, it does come with a whole slew of risks.
But what is Skiplagging, anyway?
Skiplagging is a sneaky travel tactic that involves booking a multi-leg flight ticket with the intention of disembarking at a layover destination instead of the final stop. In other words, you book a ticket to a cheaper destination but get off the plane at the layover, bypassing the remaining segments of your journey. Airlines, predictably, aren’t huge fans of this strategy, but there’s no denying that it’s an incredibly popular way to snag cheaper airfares.
Let’s say you want to fly from New York to Paris, and you find that direct flights are exorbitantly expensive. Instead, you discover that a multi-leg flight from New York to London with a layover in Paris is significantly cheaper. All you need to do is book the entire ticket from New York to London with the intention of skipping the connecting flight to London.
As in the case of the detained teenager, Logan Parson, his father had booked him on a flight from Gainesville to New York. However, New York wasn’t Parson’s final destination. Instead, the teen planned to disembark in his hometown of Charlotte during the plane’s layover and skip the last leg of his journey.
According to the Independent, Parson (who was on his first ever flight alone) was interrogated by a gate agent after they noted his ID cards were not from New York and grew suspicious. Airport officials interrogated the teen, who admitted he planned to disboard in Charlotte. American Airlines reportedly called his parents and forced them to buy a new direct flight from Gainesville to Charlotte.
“Purchasing a ticket without intending to fly all flights to gain lower fares (hidden city ticketing) is a violation of American Airlines terms and conditions and is outlined in our Conditions of Carriage online. Our Customer Relations team has been in touch with the customer to learn more about their experience,” the airline said in a statement reported by the Independent.
As with any creative loophole, there’s always an ethical gray area. Some argue that Skiplagging is a form of deception and undermines the airline industry’s revenue. After all, airlines heavily rely on the revenue from connecting flights to keep their operations running smoothly.
On the other hand, travelers believe that airlines are often overpricing flights and engaging in practices that exploit consumer demand. Skiplagging is, to them, a fair response to an industry that seems to prioritize profits over the well-being of travelers.
If you do decide to embark on a Skiplagging adventure, remember to do your research, book wisely, and be prepared for the unexpected.