NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a turbulent time for travel — bad behavior keeps making headlines just ahead of the summer getaway season, and unpleasant scenes aboard airplanes have become all too familiar.
“Everybody has got a cellphone ready, armed and dangerous to use it,” CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg explained.
As CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported, there are some little known travel secrets that can pay off the next time you take off.
Greenberg said some strict airline policies and even passengers breaking the rules have pushed travelers and employees to the breaking point.
“We are seeing the culmination of a perfect storm. Airlines shrinking capacity, shrinking the number of flights, raising the fares, adding seats, doing everything they can to add revenue,” Greenberg explained.
If you know your rights, and some airlines rules there are great opportunities to save and have safe summer travel.
“What you need to know for the summer season is what if you need to know any time of year, and that is common sense. Try to take the first flight of the day,” Greenberg said.
Greenberg said that if the plane is at the airport overnight chances are you’ll get out on time, but if you don’t there might be a solution.
“There’s something called interlining. It works with Delta, United, American, the legacy carriers,” he explained.
Interlining is when airlines will endorse your ticket to another carrier if your plane is delayed or canceled for any reason other than weather.
“Airlines don’t volunteer it because they don’t want to give up their revenue,” he said.
Don’t look for it on smaller carriers.
“The reason you saw panic break out at the Fort Lauderdale airport is because Spirit doesn’t have an interline agreement, so all those tickets are only on Spirit,” he explained.
For a safe trip, common sense comes into play.
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