What we’re reading: UA award ticket availability, AA & UA face 9-11 trial, disability means denied boarding

by Stephanus Surjaputra on September 5, 2012

New United ad campaign touts availability of award tickets

United is launching a new ad campaign that touts the availability of low-mileage frequent flier award tickets.

United says the campaign is its first to tout its frequent-flier program since completing its merger with Continental. The campaign will include ads in and around airports as well as ads in newspapers, magazines and related news and travel-oriented websites.

American, United face trial over 9-11 towers destruction

A judge ruled that AMR Corp and United Continental Holdings may face trial for negligence claims tied to the 9-11 hijackings.

World Trade Center Properties LLC, which owned the twin skyscrapers in lower Manhattan destroyed in the attacks, sued the airlines in 2008 alleging negligence against the carriers for allowing terrorists to board and hijack the planes that were flown into the buildings. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan today said a trial is required.

Teen denied boarding on American Airlines flight because he has Down syndrome, family says

A California family says that they were kicked off a cross-country American Airlines flight because their 16-year-old son has Down Syndrome.

Joan and Robert Vanderhorst, of Bakersfield, Calif., said they intend to sue American over the “humiliating” incident at Newark Airport, in which they were told their special needs son posed a “flight risk.”

“It’s defamation,” Robert Vanderhorst told the Daily News. “It’s a violation of his civil rights and it’s defamation.”

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