US airlines bump fewer passengers after dragging backlash
August 9, 2017
DALLAS (AP) — Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades.
The Transportation Department said Tuesday that just one in every 19,000 passengers was kicked off an overbooked flight in the first six months of this year.
That's the lowest rate since the government started keeping track in 1995.
The biggest decline took place between April and June, partly because airlines began paying many more passengers to give up their seats.
Airlines have routinely overbooked...