What you need to know about that SSSS stamp on your boarding pass

SSSS! Behold the four letters that you don’t ever want to see on your boarding pass. If you find the Secondary Security Screening Selection — SSSS stamp on your ticket, you should know that the TSA agents will be treating you to an extra-special and in-depth security screening.

Lucky you!

But how, and by whom, are passengers selected for this additional form of screening? After Jo Freeman’s recent unpleasant close encounter of the TSA kind, she wants to know. Read more “What you need to know about that SSSS stamp on your boarding pass”

I was detained in Abu Dhabi. Shouldn’t American pay my expenses?

On her way back from Sri Lanka, Caroline Martorano was detained in Abu Dhabi. She says she was detained for not being appropriately dressed, causing her to miss her connecting flight. But she places the blame for this detainment on American Airlines. Huh? Read more “I was detained in Abu Dhabi. Shouldn’t American pay my expenses?”

American Airlines told me the fare was $169. Then it charged me $1069

Dale Allen and his girlfriend are looking forward to a tropical vacation in Cancún. Unfortunately, they arrive at the airport too late and miss their flight. Wanting to leave immediately, they buy one-way tickets at the American Airlines counter. Allen is sure the agent said that the tickets cost $169 each — so why is his credit card charged $2,400? Read more “American Airlines told me the fare was $169. Then it charged me $1069”

These American Airlines executive contacts helped him get a voucher

If there’s one part of this site that’s magic, it’s our executive contacts. Just ask Edward Jackson, who was en route on a mission trip from Baltimore to Rio Negro, Brazil, when we cast a spell that helped him recover an American Airlines voucher. Read more “These American Airlines executive contacts helped him get a voucher”

A hotel reimbursement from American Airlines? Get it in writing

When John Thompson lands in Washington D.C., he discovers that he’s missed the last connecting flight home to Boston. A gate agent assures him not to worry. She will be put him on a flight the next morning and he will receive a hotel reimbursement from American Airlines. But will he?
Read more “A hotel reimbursement from American Airlines? Get it in writing”