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Travelworld, apologies, my comment about civil v criminal was aimed at MrMichael and I forgot I put your names at the top of the post.
MrMichael, you do seem to confuse civil v criminal law. Shoplifting is theft, it is criminal and thus not in anyway applicable to this topic. Employees cannot be required to carry out unlawful or unreasonable instructions, either.
Please tell me what loss an airline suffers when you drop the last leg of a ticket – to be clear, I am not talking about how much more they could gouge out of you by charging extra for another routing – but what loss did you cause them – extra fuel burn? extra baggage handling? extra food and beverage consumption? – what exactly?
If you buy a special three course meal in a restaurant and then skip the dessert, could the restaurant charge you a higher price based on the indivual items on the A La Carte menu?
Let the airlines take a few people to court and see what happens …..