Yes, Airlines Do Have the Right to Change Your Seat Without Warning

Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter set a bad example by complaining on Twitter about having her seat relocated on a 2017 Delta trip.

Perhaps she didn't know her rights or the airline's, but the tweetstorm reminds us why it's vital to know your passenger rights.

When you buy an airline seat, you must check a box next to “I agree to the terms and conditions of the contract

of carriage” or something similar to indicate that you agree to the legally binding contract of carriage.

Delta's contract of carriage reads, “Delta may substitute alternate Carriers or aircraft, change its schedules, delay or cancel flights, change

seat assignments, and alter or omit stopping places shown on the ticket as required by its operations in Delta's sole discretion

Airlines only have to get you from A to B when you buy a ticket. Other amenities like reserved seating, overhead bin space, baggage

allowance, and food and beverage service are up to the airline. Because you're buying transit, not a seat.

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