Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim Whiz Kid vs $21 Billion Company

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim Whiz Kid vs $21 Billion Company

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AKHTER ZAMAN, NOW 23, DIDN'T BACK down when United Airlines and Orbitz, calling his startup website Skiplagged.com "unfair competition" that promoted "strictly prohibited" travel, filed a federal lawsuit demanding $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.

Skiplagged helps travelers find cheap tickets via "hidden city" ticketing: You buy an airline ticket that has a layover at your actual destination. For example, if you're flying from New York to San Francisco, you book a flight from New York to Portland with a layover in San Francisco so that you can get off the plane. Sometimes that can save you money. Flying this way isn't always the cheapest, but it often is.

He started his site while working at a tech startup. Confronted by these two multi-billion-dollar corporations, Zaman asked for and received it. …

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