United Airlines () and Orbitz ( ) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets.
Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn’t have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn’t live or do business in that city.
The dismissal “is definitely a victory,” Zaman told CNNMoney. “It is pretty amazing…the court just shut them off.”
Zaman’s Skiplagged.com utilizes somewhat known mystery among incessant fliers to help individuals discover less expensive plane tickets.
The fundamental thought behind Skiplagged is that it exploits something many refer to as “concealed city” charges, where it may be less expensive to book a flight with an association, and afterward never really take the second leg of the excursion.
For instance, in the event that you need to fly from New York to Chicago, it may be less expensive to book a flight from New York to San Francisco with a delay in Chicago, however never go to San Francisco. Shrouded city explorers can’t process sacks (they would go to San Francisco), and you can just book a restricted ticket.
The site is uncontrollably mainstream. A month ago the site had more than 1 million guests. On Friday, United spokeswoman Christen David said “the decision was a ruling on procedural grounds and not on the merits of the case.”
“We remain troubled that Mr. Zaman continues to openly encourage customers to violate our contract of carriage by purchasing hidden-city tickets,” she said.
Despite the case’s dismissal in Chicago, Zaman says he anticipates the airline to come back with another lawsuit in another jurisdiction.
“The cynic in me says this is an uphill battle,” says Zaman. “I’m not going to let my guard down.”
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