Delta Will Offer Passengers Up to $9,950 to Give Up Seats on Overbooked Flights
That's more than seven times what the airline offered before.
Only supervisors can offer the maximum — up from a previous limit of $1,350 — according to an internal memo shared with AP.
The increase in compensation comes after an incident on United Airlines in which a passenger refused to give up his seat and was violently removed. Overbooking was not the cause of the United debacle — the airline asked four people to give up their seats to employees — but discussion of that event has sparked a wider review about overbooking practices.
The news of Delta's increase in compensation came after Delta CEO Ed Bastian defended the current regulations in place for overbooking.
“I don't think we need to have additional legislation to try to control how the airlines run their businesses,” Bastian told AP earlier this week.