LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Delta is giving airport employees permission to offer passengers up to almost $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights.
Delta’s move comes as United Airlines struggles to recover from images of a passenger’s forced removal from a sold-out flight.READ MORE: Angelenos Make Plans For Mother's Day During The First Weekend The County Is In The Yellow Tier
In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, Delta says gate agents can offer up to $2,000 in compensation, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.
“Bumped is a great way to make some extra travel money so I actually encourage it if you have extra time,” he said.
Earlier this week, Delta announced it paid a family $11,000 not to fly after the airline overbooked a flight.
CBS2’s Greg Mills was at LAX Friday where he spoke to passengers who thought nearly $10,000 was a bit much.READ MORE: LAPD Trying To Break Up Cypress Park Party Between The 5 And 10 Freeways
“That’s ridiculous,” said Chance Schmidt, “I’m looking to get bumped like right now!”
He added, “That’s a lot of money. If they want to give it away, I’m sure everyone will take it.”
One passenger didn’t think being bumped was worth it.
“If I didn’t have to be somewhere, then yes, I’d definitely do it,” said a woman named Sonia.
Jet offered a series of tips on how to increase your chances of getting bumped.
These tips include: book flight during busy holiday times, seeking out flights at appear full, booking a flight but not booking a seat, and tell the ticket agent when you check in that you’d be willing to give up your seat.MORE NEWS: Venice High School Unable To Use Its New Multimillion Dollar Stadium Due To A Dispute With A Neighbor
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