A bride and groom headed to Costa Rica for their wedding got kicked off their United flight out of Houston. The story received a lot of engagement on social media, specifically questioning if United Airlines could kick you off a flight for sitting in a seat other than the one you were assigned?
KHOU wanted to verify, and the answer is yes.
After reading through the Contract of Carriage for United Airlines, we found this:
- Rule 4 D. states that passengers are prohibited from " exchanging seat assignment without first advising a crew member."
- Rule 6 J. 4 outlines the punishable offense of "failure to meet the purpose or status requirement associated with the ticket's fare category."
- Remedies for violation of those rules are outlined in Rule 6 K. which include: 1) invalidating tickets and 2) canceling an itinerary
In conclusion, it's verified that you can be kicked off your flight for switching seats.