Insta-CoGo: You're Bumped, and Out of Luck
This just in: Not only was 2007 the second worst year ever for flights being late, but airlines bumped passengers at the highest rate in 11 years.
The 18 largest airlines last year found 621,717 people willing to switch to other flights voluntarily; they typically offer incentives like a voucher for a free flight. However, airlines couldn't always find volunteers. The upshot: Last year, 63,878 passengers were involuntarily denied boarding -- a rate of 1.12 per 10,000 passengers.
Just to make things worse, getting an alternative flight is likely to take longer than it used to, because planes are so full these days.
The major carrier with the worst involuntary bumping problem: Delta, with a rate of 2.47 per 10,000. A Delta spokeswoman said the airline had formed a team to find ways to reduce the problem.
CoGo can help! Let's have a team meeting right now to find ways to reduce the problem: Okay everybody. What should we do? Oh yeah, stop massively overbooking flights. Any questions? Good. Meeting over.
The U.S. government is considering forcing airlines to pay more to passengers denied boarding. What seems to you a fair amount?
By Cindy Loose |
February 7, 2008; 9:51 AM ET
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