Kicked off a flight? Here are your rights (hint: you don’t really have many)

A string of high-profile, racially charged passenger expulsions are putting air travelers on edge as the busy summer travel season approaches.
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United Airlines finally puts children first

The airline boarding process, for want of a more family-friendly word, stinks. But on Feb. 15, it will stink a little less for families.

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Can banning carry-on luggage really speed up boarding?

Is it time to ban carry-on luggage on planes? Would that speed up the boarding process?

Some say the answer to both questions is “yes.”
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“A tough but doable trip has turned into a nightmare”

John Dunlop’s daughter, Francine, was supposed to fly from Copenhagen to Washington with her four children, including six-month old twins, last Friday. All by herself.

Talk about an impossible trip.

But then KLM made it even more impossible when it denied her boarding four times.

“A tough but doable trip has turned into a nightmare,” says Dunlop, a foreign service officer stationed in Iraq.
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Kicked off my cruise for getting sick

carnival ecstasyQuestion: We were recently scheduled to sail on a seven-day Carnival cruise to Mexico. A few minutes after we boarded in Long Beach, Calif., I had horrible kidney pains. I couldn’t walk, and felt as if I was going to pass out.

My husband immediately took me to the medical doctor on board. He performed an ultrasound and I asked for something for the pain. All of a sudden he said you need to get off the ship because you have a kidney infection. Within two minutes we had three Carnival employees rushing us to get our bags and they escorted us off the ship.

All the while, I could barely walk. One of the employees told me not to worry, that I could cruise at a “later date.” Everything happened so fast. I was never given a choice of whether to stay on board or not.
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