US Airways

Passenger is cleared to sue for bag fees after luggage arrived late

Passenger is cleared to sue for bag fees after luggage arrived late

Airline passengers won a victory this week when a U.S. appeals court agreed that a carrier can be held responsible for reimbursing bag fees to a passenger whose luggage arrived late.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the case by Hayley Hickcox-Huffman, who sued US Airways in 2010 over a $15 bag fee she paid on a flight from Colorado to California. US Airways has since merged with American Airlines.

Her bag was delayed by a day, and Hickcox-Huffman filed a suit, arguing that the carrier failed in its promise to deliver her bag in a “timely manner.” The airline argued against refunding the fee for several reasons, including that the carrier...

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