Thursday, October 4, 2007

Breaking news: Thanksgiving a headache for flyers

The fall airline schedules are coming out and hundreds if not thousands of flights have been cancelled on Thanksgiving day -- mostly late afternoon and evening flights.

In the case of Northwest Airlines, the no. 2 carrier at Milwaukee's Billy Mitchell Field, virtually every flight --hundreds of them -- after 6 p.m. has been scratched. Other airlines have also cancelled numerous flights although United will run a skeleton schedule out of O'Hare on Thanksgiving evening.

This is bad news for travelers who are being forced to choose between cancelling tickets they already paid for or skipping dinner at home with family in order to catch an earlier flight.

The airlines should not have booked these reservations and taken passenger money if they planned to scratch the flights. This begs for a class-action suit.

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