That's more than seven times what the airline offered before.
Delta paying $10k
Credit: Courtesy of Delta

Delta Air Lines is changing its policy to allow a maximum of $9,950 to get passengers to give up their seats on overbooked flights, theAssociated Press reported.

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.