On one side, folks argue that if you’re stranded at an airport for any reason other than weather, you can ask your airline to invoke Rule 240, which states that they’ll fly you on the next available flight (whether that flight is through their airline or another).

On the other side, however, airline employees, reporters, and the mainstream press argue that Rule 240 is non-existent. It disappeared years ago. And, if you try to use it today, no one will know what you’re talking about.

Yet, I’ve found bloggers who claim to have used Rule 240 to get out of a bind as recently as last year.

So, does Rule 240 really exist? Maybe not.

But, will I try it the next time I’m stranded at an airport? Absolutely. What’s the harm, right? Worst-case scenario, I’ll still be stranded in the same airport I was before I asked.

— Lori
Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

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