Tuesday, August 22, 2000

What's the Buzz?

Some Delta fliers talking to lawyer

By Amy Higgins
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        One lawsuit against Delta Air Lines is barely over, but more might pop up.

        No sooner did a judge this month rule in favor of Harvey Rosen of Mount Lookout being able to use his accumulated SkyMiles, than a handful of other Delta customers called his attorney, William Blessing.

        “We are still in negotiations in Delta,” Mr. Blessing said. “But we believe Delta perpetrates these actions nationwide.”

        Delta cut Mr. Rosen off from his SkyMiles and demanded $9,000 from him after officials determined he had been buying advance tickets but using them last-minute, with gate agents' approval.

        Delta said he bought tickets on flights connecting through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport — but would begin or end his travel in Cincinnati instead. Airline ticket pricing sometimes makes the shorter (also more convenient, competition-free and more in-demand) flight more expensive.

        At least one Atlanta flier said she's in a similar boat. “I've heard rumblings of a class-action suit,” Karen Giordano said.

        Delta declined to comment.

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