I had travel plans with my older son for a 2 day holiday to Austria and we had done early check-in 2 days before. At the airport, we were denied boarding because his passport expired in a month (an oversight on our part) My question is.. when I asked if I can just travel then and my son just go home, they said no. We had to lose money on a pre-paid car, hotel, phone plan, etc... I can't find any law that would prevent me from continuing to travel without my son.Anyone have any insight? Thanks!
I can't find any law that would prevent me from continuing to travel without my son.
First and foremost this is governed by the contract of carriage of the airline and the terms and conditions of your specific ticket (that you agreed to when you bought it). I suggest reading up on those.
we had done early check-in 2 days before
Often on-line check includes document validation or at least a reminder that you need proper documentation to travel. Did that not happen ?
The only thing that the airline could have done would be to split the reservation, cancel your son's reservation and let you travel. That takes a non-trivial amount of time, so whether this was an option or not, really depends on when you got "denied". If they caught it at a check in counter, they might have been able to do something, but if you were walking onto the plane with 10 minutes left before gate closing, you were probably out of time.