Things happen in life when you just have to drop what you are doing and get to a distant location as soon as possible. Usually it's an accident or death involving a family member. In those times an unplanned trip must be put together on short notice. It is for those times that the airline industry formulated a bereavement policy that almost every airline provided to their customers. Those policies are little by little going away. Such was the case with the announcement made last week by American Airlines.