In the wake of the “United Airlines fiasco” we are seeing some of the Airlines make major policy changes to try and get the jump on any federal legislation that may, and probably will, result.
Delta, American; and of course, United, have all made moves to try and help assuage what is — no doubt — the biggest PR flub in the history of airline travel.
You can imagine the other airlines are quite peeved at United for putting their profitable overbooking policies at risk.
Here is what is happening to date;
Delta has raised the compensation available to passengers who have to give up their seats on overbooked flights to nearly $10,000.
American promises that no passenger who has boarded a plane will be removed to give the seat to someone else.
And, United said it will no longer allow crew members to displace passengers who are already seated on a plane.
It won’t and shouldn’t be enough.
Legislation should, and will most likely follow, that would outlaw the practice of overbooking, period.
Think about it, even when people are not on the plane, those seats are paid for regardless.
So essentially there is no loss for the airline.
If someone doesn’t show up to a sporting event, those tickets are not resold.
Fuel is saved as well when there are less people to move in the air.
Logistics and crew movement should be at the cost of the airlines, not at the convenience and cost of the customer.
Nice try guys, your businesses may be making billions/yr. but the public has had enough of the disrespect that thousands of paying customers suffer each and every day.
To put it mildly, flying has become a major drag.