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United Airlines to Offer $10,000 to Bumped Passengers

United Airlines to Offer $10,000 to Bumped PassengersUnited Airlines to Offer $10,000 to Bumped Passengers

It took a viral video showing the violent removal of a bloodied passenger from one of its flights to do it, but United Airlines is trying to improve its customer service.

The US airline repented yet again for the April 9 incident and unveiled improvements to its procedures on April 27, including “limiting the use of law enforcement to safety and security issues only”.

United came under fire on social media and from investors after airport police dragged passenger David Dao off a flight to make room for crew riding to another assignment, Quartz reported.

United said it would offer compensation worth as much as $10,000 to passengers who voluntarily take another flight when the airline overbooks. Airlines routinely sell more seats than they have available to ensure the most seats possible are filled if passengers cancel.

The airline provided a laundry list of things it promises to improve, such as reducing overbooking and not ousting seated passengers from its aircraft, all part of CEO’s Oscar Munoz’s vow to become the standard bearer for US airlines.

However, airlines, which have recently mastered lining their own pockets, won’t likely be lining those of the customers they inconvenience as well.

“The ceiling of $10,000 in compensation will be paid in travel certificates, not in cash,” United explained.

For passengers who refuse to take the bump, the compensation is less generous. United says it will follow the federally-mandated limit of $1,350 in compensation for passengers who are involuntarily bumped, which United had more than its competitors between 2008 and 2016.

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