Can you be legally bumped or taken off a flight after you have boarded and been seated on the plane?
This happened to me seconds before departure because a passenger with 'Summit' status showed up. We had been boarded after waiting standby because (no fault of ours) we had been delayed on a connecting flight. This flight was 3 hours after or original connection departed. We were told that there was at most a 10 minute window before this standby flight that the passenger could show. This window had passed and we were boarded. Seconds before take-off the lady who worked the desk where we got our pass, boarded the plane and told my wife and I that one of us had to get off, or we could both get off - as a passenger with a valid ticket had arrived. They directed me to the bridge and closed the door behind me and the plane took off. I had to sleep the night in the Denver airport floor and other issues...but that is another story, and not my question :-)
Frontier has just confirmed the reason I was taken off was the ticketholder was a Summit member. I want to know if this is a breach or against FAA or any other law or statue regarding security, etc once a passenger has boarded to remove them this way?