United Airlines files lawsuit against young man for revealing secret to buying cheap plane tickets (video)By Mason White 6:17 PM January 1, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A young man was slapped with a lawsuit after revealing the secret to buying cheap airline tickets, according to court documents filed in New York.
The defendant, a 22-year-old man of New York, has launched a website to help people buy cheap airline tickets.
United Airlines and Orbitz filed the lawsuit against Aktarer Zaman, for operating a website that helps travelers find cheap flights using a technique that finds cheap connecting flights.
For example, if you want to fly from New York City to San Francisco, California, you book a flight from New York to Canada, which makes a stop in San Francisco.
When the plane reaches San Francisco, you leave the airport, not bothering to take the last leg of the flight.
This strategy only works if you travel without checked baggage, as your luggage will end up at the final destination, which in this case would be Canada.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendant’s website creates unfair competition. The plaintiffs are demanding $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.
Zaman said he knew a lawsuit was inevitable, but notes that there is nothing illegal about his website.
He also said that he has not made any profit through the website, and that all he has done is to help travelers get the best prices.