United Airlines Now Offers $10,000 To Give Up Your Seat, Following THAT Incident
United Airlines have announced that they can now offer bumped passengers up to a whopping $10,000 in travel vouchers.
Yep, those who (voluntarily!) give up their seats on overbooked flights could now be compensated with up to ten thousand big ones. Yeeeeeesh. The company revealed their new policy following an internal investigation into THAT incident earlier this month, which saw a United passenger being physically dragged off of a flight after he refused to give up his seat to a crew member.
Disturbing footage of the episode, filmed by fellow passengers, went viral - and United have been battling the PR fallout ever since, with this huge change to their compensation cap (most airlines cap at around $1,350) the latest in a series of policy changes.
Other new policies include a promise to only remove boarded passengers if they are a danger to others, and making crew members book their place on a flight at least an hour before departure.
This is bigger than just United though - the U.S Senate has also been seeking measures to prevent anything like this happening again, introducing a bill that will legally stop airlines from removing a passenger already on board a plane, unless they pose a security risk.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Maggie Hassan, said: “The horrifying incident on United Flight 3411 made clear that we need stronger consumer protections for the flying public. “This common-sense legislation will help prevent incidents like that from happening again."
Well said, Maggie.
By Lizzie Cox