When you buy an airline ticket, do you know the terms and conditions you’re agreeing to? Better read the fine print.
The “contract of carriage” is a lengthy agreement that covers everything from A-to-Z about flying the friendly skies, including your personal behavior.
As it turns out, the airlines can kick you off for just about anything, including how you smell!
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What’s in the contract of carriage?
In its contract of carriage, Southwest Airlines states that it can refuse to transport or remove a passenger for the following reasons, which are listed under the umbrella of “comfort and safety.”
- Persons whose conduct is or has been known to be disorderly, abusive, offensive, threatening, intimidating, violent, or whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.
- Persons who are barefoot and older than five years of age, unless required due to a disability.
- Persons who are unable to occupy a seat with the seatbelt fastened.
- Persons who appear to the Carrier to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
- Persons who are known by the Carrier to have a communicable disease or infection and whose condition poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- Persons who have an offensive odor, unless caused by a disability.
- Any person who cannot be transported safely for any reason.
It’s up to the flight crew to make the call about removing someone from a plane. Passengers who are given the boot should get a refund, CBS reports. However, unruly passengers can face fines and even prosecution.
Each airline has a different contract of carriage, but many of them are very similar. You can find a copy on your carrier’s website.
Contracts of carriage for major airlines: