A North Carolina teen who tried to use a “skiplagging” hack on a booked flight to New York City on American Airlines was hit with a three-year ban by the carrier.
Logan Parsons, 17, was detained recently at the airport in Gainesville, Florida, before boarding a flight to the Big Apple with a stopover in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he actually planned to disembark.
His dad, Hunter Parsons, told Insider that American Airlines imposed the ban because he was planning to use a $150 skiplagging ticket — a practice that many airlines prohibit.
“His ticket was canceled and he was banned from AA for three years but never actually did anything wrong. He never even got his boarding pass,” Parsons, who booked the flight, told the outlet on Facebook.
Airline gate agents in Gainesville took Logan to a security room to be questioned after noticing his North Carolina driver’s license and suspecting he wouldn’t continue on to JFK Airport from Charlotte, Hunter has said.
The dad told Insider that he had to buy a new direct ticket, which cost more than $400, so his son could fly to Charlotte.
Logan “didn’t know he was doing anything wrong,” he said. “He was left to fend for himself 500 miles from home. He never violated any policy or broke any contract. He simply went to a counter to get his boarding pass.”
Skiplagging is a cost-cutting method in which a passenger books a flight’s layover as the true destination rather than continuing to the ticketed destination.
“We’ve used Skiplagged almost exclusively for the last five to eight years,” Hunter told WVNS-TV, referring to a search engine that helps travelers expose inefficiencies in airline pricing.
In January 2021, American Airlines announced that it would crack down on skiplagging.
“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,” the company said in a statement. (NYPost)