Why is United Airlines Suing a 22-Year-Old?

22-year-old Aktarer Zaman founded Skiplagged.com last year. (Courtesy of Aktarer Zaman)
22-year-old Aktarer Zaman founded Skiplagged.com last year. (Courtesy of Aktarer Zaman)
22-year-old Aktarer Zaman founded Skiplagged.com last year. (Courtesy of Aktarer Zaman)

 

(CNN Money) – A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.

United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website Skiplagged.com last year.

The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing.

The idea is that you buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. Say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco — you actually book a flight from New York to Lake Tahoe with a layover in San Francisco and get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight.

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