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What is skiplagging? All about the travel hack airlines hate.

Airlines have banned the practice, but it hasn’t stopped fliers from doing it July 14, 2023 at 12:58 p.m. EDT (Video: Washington Post illustration; iStock)Comment on this storyCommentEarlier this week, an unaccompanied minor departing Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida found himself in headlines after he was denied boarding to an American Airlines flight. He hadn’t committed a crime, nor was he accused of being unruly.His offense? Attempting to make use of a money-saving hack that gutsy fliers use every year.It’s called skiplagging, and though it sounds playful enough, it’s hardly a game in airlines’ minds. In fact, most carriers regard…

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COVID-19 challenges still plague international travel

The phone rang, a number calling from California, just 13 hours before I was set to embark on a long trip to Malaysia for a college friend’s wedding. I was packing and doing laundry but thought I should answer.Japan Airlines, the facilitator of the overseas portion of my trip, rang to inform me that I needed a visa (which I did not have) to transit through Japan on an overnight layover. Otherwise, I would not be able to fly.My heart sank as I grappled with the implications of this news. A quick Google search made it clear that while same-day…

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