Complaining rabbi’s case vs. airline landing in U.S. Supreme Court


(JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a rabbi who said he was grounded from a frequent flyer program for complaining too much.

Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg of Minnesota sued Northwest Airlines Corp. after his membership was revoked from the WorldPerks frequent-flier program.

In 2009, he filed a class-action suit against Northwest, which is now part of Delta Air Lines.

The case will be heard in the high court’s next term, which begins in October.

It was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in San Diego, but reversed in 2011 by a three-judge panel of a San Francisco appeals court.

Ginsberg said he complained about not being notified of flight cancellations and about lost or delayed luggage.

The rabbi said the airline told him he was removed from the program for booking too many full flights in order to receive free flights in exchange for being bumped.


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