- Nov 25, 2004
The passengers weren't denied boarding. They were accommodated in a different section of the aircraft. These regulations regarding volunteers do not apply. There is a post by MEL _Traveller a while back confirming this.
I will leave it to the lawyers however I believe they were denied boarding based on the definition per Nader v. Allegheny Airlines, 426 U.S. 290 (1976).