Skipping a leg of a flight - TSA issues?
March 13, 2010 9:25 AM Subscribe
Any reason I can't skip the first leg of a flight and board in a connecting city?
posted by docpops to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total)
The family is flying back east in July, from Portland to Charlotte with a stopover in Atlanta. The goal is Holden Beach, 4 hours drive from Charlotte. We have our tickets. A flight to Charlotte for 4 was $800 cheaper than asking Orbitz for a nonstop to Atlanta or Charlotte, so I got the tickets into Charlotte with the connection through ATL.
We have a 3+ hour layover in Atlanta going there, from around 6 am (it's an overnight flight) until 9:30 am, then a 90 minute flight to Charlotte. The drive from Atlanta to Holden is only 7 hours, versus 4.5 from Charlotte, all on interstate, so we are debating just driving to and from the beach via Atlanta.
We could rent a car in Atlanta and return it in Charlotte, which is almost double the cost, so that's the issue with just doing the Atlanta thing on the outbound.
So, does anyone know if the TSA or airline could get bent out of shape if we were to return to Portland via driving to Atlanta and skipping the Charlotte leg of the flight? Assuming bags are not an issue, of course.