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Via: CNN
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Some of the big names in air travel are getting a little scared of 22-year old kid from New York.

Aktarer Zaman launched a new travel site called Skiplagged.com in 2013, which offers cheaper tickets using a simple strategy that is often overlooked.

His site takes advantage of "hidden city" ticketing, in which you buy a one-way ticket somewhere else with a layover in your destination city.

The prices can occasionally be much cheaper than if you only looked for direct flights, but you can't check any bags or they will end up in the wrong city.

Before Skiplagged, you would have to guess and check various destinations to see which flights had layovers in the city you intended to travel.

Experts are saying the trick isn't necessarily illegal, but it could definitely hurt the airline business.

Orbitz and United Airlines are both suing Zaman for "unfair competition" and want $75,000 in lost revenue.

"This has to do with market competition," Zaman said in a recent AMA on Reddit. "I.e. Airlines want to offer City A to City C, but can only do that with multiple flights. Consumers are less inclined towards multiple flights unless it offers them savings."

The founder has set up a crowdfunding site to collect money for the legal fees, and he's almost reached his goal of $15k.

His message on the site reads:

Skiplagged's sole purpose has always been to help you become savvy travelers. We have been doing that by exposing pricing inefficiencies for air travel, among other things. Unfortunately, we have been doing too good of a job so United Airlines and Orbitz recently teamed up with a lawsuit to get in the way. Everything Skiplagged has done and continues to do is legal, but the only way to effectively prove this is with lawyers. Please show your support for Skiplagged by donating towards this campaign to help fund our legal team.

The site was having trouble loading on Tuesday due to an overload of traffic, according to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

laptops,news,outlets,Starbucks,wifi
Via: www.reuters.com
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This is sparking an ongoing debate on the understood use and abuse of wifi privileges at coffee shops around the country. These measures don't come as a complete shock - I've often been muscled out of seating room by those (especially in college districts, where students are either studying or preparing resumes and cover letters as they enter the job market) who take up entire tables with their laptops and paperwork, pull their feet up onto unoccupied chairs, and spend the entire day living off their $1.50 americano and however many glasses of water the baristas have seen fit to give them.

~OLJ

education,news,pay cut,salary,school
Via: abclocal.go.com
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On the one hand: How inspiring! Someone who cares enough about our children's education to make sacrifices for it!

On the other hand: This is what we're forced to do now? Have some people go to making minimum wage to adequately finance education? Oh, economy, you're screwed up.

~OLJ

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By Unknown
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"It was all like, 'Installing Updates: 1 of 396 installed, please do not power off your computer,' and then I was like 'HELL NO!'"

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