Airline sues passenger after he purposely missed a flight

FEB 11 An Airbus A320 of the airline Lufthansa is taxiing on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport

FEB 11 An Airbus A320 of the airline Lufthansa is taxiing on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport

If a passenger books a flight from Sofia to Warsaw with an ongoing connection to Paris, however, they will pay £113.

The German national airline believes the customer exploited a loophole known as skiplagging - purchasing a cheaper ticket through a multi-trip fares system with no intention of flying on the last leg. After using the outbound flight, instead of boarding the Frankfurt-to-Oslo return flight, he flew on a separate Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, according to CNN.

Skiplagging can cause delays for airlines as they wait for unaccounted-for passengers, with carriers that have flights routed through hub airports - such as Lufthansa in Frankfurt and Munich - particularly affected.

Lufthansa Airlines is suing a passenger, alleging he missed his flight on objective.

The practice involves booking a flight that includes a layover with the intent of traveling to the layover city rather than the final destination.

Lufthansa didn't like that.

Lufthansa contests this was a violation of their terms and conditions, and took the man to court seeking €2112 (Around AUD$3357) in compensation. The suit was originally dismissed by a Berlin court, but the carrier is appealing the decision, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN. Hidden cities are against any common sense logic.

If you've ever thought about pulling a fast one on an airline by attempting to book a ticket using "hidden city ticketing" you may want to think again. Passengers can then simply miss the second leg.

Whether playing that game is kosher or not is up for debate.

Websites such as Skiplagged delve into airline databases to suggest how to cut costs on journeys by throwing away unwanted segments. Lufthansa German Airline is no exception. There's a reason the New York Times' Ethicist gave his seal of approval to "hidden city' ticketing - when consumers buy something they're under no obligation to use the entire product".