If you can’t take “no” for an answer, you should have been at my place last night.

I don’t own a TV, but I wanted to watch the Superbowl. I assumed I could catch the big game online, and sure enough, I found a great live stream on Justin.tv.

Ten minutes after the kickoff, the live broadcast shut down. So I jumped to another one. It closed after a couple of plays, too.

The sidebar chatter suggested an NBC lawyer was forcing each stream to close, in an effort to protect the company’s broadcast rights. Never mind that I would have happily watched all of NBCs ads, adding yet another set of eyeballs to its impressive audience numbers.

It’s a familiar frustration for travelers.

In fact, if the travel industry had a slogan for 2009, it would be, “No you can’t.”

Just yesterday, my colleague Harriet Johnson Brackey at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote about the airlines’ pigheadedness when it comes to change fees. A reader with the flu wanted to change her flight in order to avoid infecting her fellow passengers. The airline wanted to charge a $150 penalty on a flight that cost $194.

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