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When an airline cancels mass flights, what are your rights as a traveler?




A man checks the arrivals board in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday in Newark, N.J. The spate of flight cancellations over the past week is expected to wreak havoc on airline bottom lines, but U.S. airlines aren't expected to be as badly affected as their European counterparts.
A man checks the arrivals board in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday in Newark, N.J. The spate of flight cancellations over the past week is expected to wreak havoc on airline bottom lines, but U.S. airlines aren't expected to be as badly affected as their European counterparts.
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More flights from Delta airlines are facing cancellations and delays today as passengers scramble to re-book. According to the airline, an outage knocked out its ticketing and booking system early Monday morning.

But the airline is not the only carrier to have trouble with technology during the busy summer travel system. Southwest had to cancel hundreds of flights last month after a router failed.

So what's going on? And what are your rights as a traveller when mass flights are cancelled?

George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com, has a few points to keep in mind the next time your flight gets cancelled:

You can check out more tips from Hobica's latest post here.