I've been denied boarding on 8 flights to the UK, due to most handling companies across Europe being misinformed about a specific detail of UK carrier regulations. easyJet and Jet2 have confirmed they know the relevant rules, so if denied boarding I send an urgent email to their respective internal operations teams who then swiftly get me to my destination and pay EU261 compensation.
It's gone so far as easyJet having had to pay EUR 2850 in compensation, PLUS expenses like food/accommodation. easyJet's customer operations manager (!) has even told me to phone/text him privately going forward if stopped at the gate so he can try to avert it, which is good as he's always been incredibly efficient and helpful.
Jet2 have so far had to pay EUR 250 in compensation.
I rarely feel sorry for big businesses with WAY more cash than me, but in this case I sort of do, since easyJet and Jet2 have explicitly confirmed we're on the same page about the relevant regulations, and yet their numpties for handling partners keep putting them in a position of liability toward me.
My question is: in clear-cut, unambiguous cases of being wrongfully denied boarding through the handler's fault, can the airline cash in what they pay me from the handling agent?
If anyone has knowledge of how this works, that'd be very helpful.