8 reasons airlines can deny you boarding a flight.
Planning a trip is one of the most exciting and exhilarating things to do. But it is the process of booking your tickets, and then boarding the plane, which is among the most daunting part of the trip.
From what you have been drinking before your journey to what is inside your bag, everything counts, because airlines can ACTUALLY deny you boarding if you do not meet their guidelines.
So while it is important to meet the standards of the airline that you are flying, it is also important to know what could stop you from flying.
Most flights have the right to remove passengers from the aircraft at any point of time before taking off.
According to a Quora user, air crew is generally given a wide latitude when deciding who should not be on their aircraft.
It usually comes down to, “Could I justify denying boarding if asked by a third party later?”
So these are some of the reasons an airline can stop you from boarding:
1. If a flight attendant feels that a passenger is in an intoxicated state or under the influence of drugs and will create disruption during the flight and may endanger themselves, another passenger or members of the crew.
2. If a passenger tries to board a flight barefoot, even then the attendant can detain the person. It may sound bizarre, but then again, isn’t travelling barefoot also bizarre?
3. If you are not appropriately dressed according to the crew, then they may stop you from boarding the flight. Though this is open to debate, there have been several recent incidents where a passenger was denied flying because of what they wore. And usually, they were in ‘decent’ clothes.
4. Pregnant passengers who are in their ninth month are usually not allowed to board a flight. Unless they provide a doctor’s certificate dated no more than 72 hours prior to departure of the flight. The certificate must state that both the passenger and the baby are physically fit for air travel to and from the destination.
5. Passengers who are unwilling to follow the guidelines of the airline, like using voice calls during take-off or landing or smoking.
6. It is annoying, but when airplanes overbook flights, they generally bump passengers or stop them from boarding the flight.
7. If a flight attendant feels that a passenger is too sick to travel or could put other flyers in risk.
8. Passengers who assault fellow passengers or any crew members, including the gate agents.