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Airlines Will Ease Ticketing Rules in Case of War

March 14, 2003

Airlines Will Ease Ticketing Rules in Case of War
In an attempt to reassure nervous travelers if the United States goes to war with Iraq, American, United, Delta, Northwest, Continental, US Airways and other airline carriers will allow passengers to avoid paying penalties when rescheduling flights or picking new destinations.

According to, the detailed terms for making changes to tickets will vary among airlines. Restricted tickets will remain nonrefundable, and travelers who upgrade to higher-priced flights would be required to pay the difference in the cost of the ticket.

Officials from United, American, Continental and U.S. Airways indicate they would allow changes to both international and domestic flights if war breaks out in Iraq. Similarly, American, Continental US Airways would allow travel itinerary changes without penalty if Homeland Security issues a "code red" terrorism alert.

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