Overbooked flight on Delta? You now could get nearly $10000 to give up your seat – Los Angeles Times

Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

United is taking steps too. It will require employees seeking a seat on a plane to book it at least an hour before departure, a policy that might have prevented Sunday’s confrontation.

Those and other changes show airlines are scrambling to respond to a public relations nightmare — the video showing airport officers violently yanking and dragging David Dao, 69, from his seat on a sold-out United Express flight.

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Overbooked flight on Delta? You now could get nearly $10000 to give up your seat – Los Angeles Times