I’m usually on vacation-mode when I leave home for a trip, which means I have my guard down when I come across travel hiccups. A few months ago, I was trying to fly home to Vancouver from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, when my flight got cancelled. They rerouted me, which meant I had to take a later flight, and gained an extra layover in Toronto. That cost me a good six hours, and all I got as compensation was a meal ticket at the airport.
These situations are precisely why everyone should arm themselves with a basic knowledge of their rights as air passengers, so that they aren’t left with wasted time, cancelled plans, and a lousy meal ticket.
The following is a primer on basic air passenger rights in the U.S. and Europe. Click here to see how you should be properly compensated when you are involuntarily bumped from a flight.
Happy (and hassle-free) travels,