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Ute Fans Could Get Bumped from Flights

Ute Fans Could Get Bumped from Flights

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingUniversity of Utah fans can't wait for the Fiesta Bowl.

John Bagley, Traveling to Fiesta Bowl: “Seeing Urban Meyer for the last time coaching.”

Rich Jackson, Traveling to Fiesta Bowl: “Just the butt-whipping we’re gonna give on Pittsburgh. That’s all I care about really.”

Douglas Bagley: “I bought 40 tickets for my family."

But fans flying to Phoenix for the game may run into some problems at the Salt Lake airport. That's because many of the flights to Phoenix are overbooked.

Larry Gelwix , CEO, Columbus Travel: “We have some situations now where flights are, every seat has been assigned and they still have 20 or 30 passengers who are confirmed, but don’t have seats.”

If you don't have one already, call your airline to get a seat assignment. If you can't, Columbus Travel CEO Larry Gelwix says you should arrive at the airport three hours before your flight. If you're flying Southwest, print out a boarding pass at home. Those with seat assignments should still arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight. And if you get up to the gate and they're asking for volunteers to take another flight?

Larry Gelwix: “Don't volunteer this weekend. You won't get on another flight. Because what they usually tell you is we'll put you on the next available flight."

And the next available flight might not be for days. You may make it if you're re-routed through another city, but make sure the airline can *guarantee* a seat.

Larry Gelwix: “Even if they have to put you on another airline, even if they have to fly you, say to Los Angeles, and then Los Angeles to Phoenix.”

For those people who end up getting bumped with no choice, it's best to ask for a written copy of your passenger rights. Depending on what airline you fly and the length of delay, they may be required to get you there and compensate you for your troubles.

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