Airlines Report Lowest Passenger Bumping Rates Ever
Have you been bumped from a flight recently? The Transportation Department is willing to bet that you haven't, or at least, not as much as you used to.
According to the most recent Air Travel Consumer Report, released on Thursday, the 12 largest airlines involuntarily denied boarding to a total of 2,745 passengers over the three-month period between July and September of 2017. That number represents .15 passengers of every 10,000. For comparison, almost 12,000 passengers—.69 for every 10,000—were bumped from their flights over the same period of 2016.
That statistic beats out the second quarter of 2017's rate of .44 passengers per 10,000, and it's the lowest number since the department first starting tracking bumped passenger numbers in 1995. USA Today claims that the drastic change likely has something to do with the bad press airlines received over the last few months for liberally (if a little aggressively) bumping passengers. In April 2017, United famously bumped four passengers and removed one by force.
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Posted: 19 Nov 2017 17:19:03