How common airline bumping is & what you're entitled to if you're bumped (or dragged off as the case may be):

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How common airline bumping is & what you're entitled to if you're bumped (or dragged off as the case may be):

Bottom Line: Aside from the spectacle of the United Airlines passenger drag a few days ago - another question that applies to all who fly has emerged. What are our rights?

"The passenger bill of rights" was a hot button several years ago after a series of high profile delays left passengers stuck on airplanes on the tarmac without any recourse. Rules and regs were changed to limit the amount of time you could be stuck on a plane but some of the other "rights" weren't as well known. Here are your current rights with regard to being "bumped" off of a flight:

  • No recourse if the airline gets you to your end destination within 1 hour domestically or 2 hours if it's an international flight
  • If you're bumped and you arrive at your end destination in excess of the aforementioned limits you're entitled for compensation valued at up to $1350 per person

So now you know what you're entitled to and just how high those offers for those who volunteer to be bumped can be worth...

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