Stop involuntary airline bumping
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The recent episode of a a passenger being forcibly removed a united flight out of Chicago has highlighted an unrealized risk that passengers take when booking an airline ticket . According to the fine print you do not actually have a guaranteed seat.
The airline can involuntarily bump you off the plane . The maximum they have to compensate you by Federal Law is $1300 .
Imagine booking a flight for your honeymoon or a funeral only to be told sorry we overbooked .Here is $1300 and no seat .
The reason airlines have been getting away with this .
1.It only affect about 1 in 10,000 travelers.(it could be you next time)
2.Most customers do not read the fine print (contract of carriage )
3. Federal law limits the compensation airlines must pay for involuntary bumping .
What should have happened in Chicago : The airline should have raised the incentive amount until someone decided it was worth it to voluntarily give up their seat .
The reason it did not happen : federal caps for compensation . The most airline can lose by forcing off a passenger is $1300.
We demand congress remove those caps so that the burden of over booked flights is shifted back to the airline .
No innocent passenger should be forcibly denied a seat due to the airlines overbooking .
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