Bumped from flight, baggage lost, airlines must pay

When you think of flying now, you probably think of that man being pulled off the plane, right?

Fortunately, it's not common.

But it should have most of us thinking about our rights if we are bumped from a flight.

We hear United is now asking people at check-in whether they would agree to be bumped if needed.

You would get a voucher for a future flight if that happens.

Great. But there is a concern.

It could also mean that by volunteering, you would not get the cash you could otherwise get by law.

If you're involuntarily bumped and have to take a later flight, you can get up to $675 if the delay is 1-2 hours.

It's $1350 if the delay is more than 2 hours.

You don't have to settle for less and it should be paid right there so you don't have to fight for it later.

If your checked luggage is lost, by law, you can get up to $3400 for the lost item.

It may be tough to get much UNLESS you have receipts for the bag and what's in it.

Pictures would also be a good idea.

I know, I know, it's not realistic, but the more proof the better.

By law, you even have to be reimbursed if your luggage is delayed for things like clothes or toiletries.

All of these things are included in an airlines Contract of Carriage.

Click here for more about your flight rights.
 

Print this article Back to Top

What is Let Joe Know?

Let Joe Know protects YOU the consumer. We expose scams and hold businesses accountable for their contracts and agreements. Most important, we share consumer red flags before they hit your wallet!

ABC15's Let Joe Know reports air every weekday during ABC15 News at 6pm and online at abc15.com/LetJoeKnow.

Want to help Let Joe Know? Become a volunteer! Call 1-855-323-1515 and leave your name, number to start helping us help others.

SO YOU WANT TO KNOW: COMMON QUESTIONS, EASY ANSWERS

How do I erase info from electronics?
Where does my charity money really go?
Is that a real check I got in the mail?
Do I need flood insurance; how can I get it? 
What should I do before hiring a contractor? 
What are the best ways to prevent ID theft?
Do I have 3-days to get out of my contract?
Debt collectors harass me! What are my rights?