22-Year-Old Aktarer Zaman Sued for Site That Finds Cheaper Plane Tickets
22-year-old New Yorker, Aktarer Zaman, is being sued by United Airlines and Orbitz for launching a website that helps passengers find cheaper plane tickets.
Zaman founded the website Skiplagged last year, which helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing. The trick? Buying an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. For example, say your flying from New York to San Francisco. You would actually book a flight from New York to Lake Tahoe, with the layover in San Francisco. You would just get off there, without bothering to take the last leg of the flight.
United and Orbitz call the website “unfair competition” and allege that it is promotes “strictly prohibited” travel. They want $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.
Zaman said he knew a lawsuit was inevitable, but he says there’s nothing illegal about his web site.
But the computer whiz has support behind him, raising more than $33,000 on GoFundMe by Wednesday morning from 1,600 donors to fight the lawsuit.
Photo credit: United Airlines website