Delta Air Lines is said to have offered passengers $ 10,000 to board an overbooked flight from Michigan to Minnesota, the passengers claimed.
The airline must have offered the money to each passenger who volunteered to get off the plane on Monday morning.
Inc. the magazine’s technical columnist Jason Aten wrote that he was on the flight with the family when a flight attendant asked for volunteers over the intercom.
Athens said the airline was seeking eight volunteers to offer their seats on the oversold flight, and that each volunteer would receive $ 1[ads1]0,000.
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“If you have Apple Pay, you even have the money right now,” said the flight attendant, according to Athens.
Athens told Fortune that his group of eight did not take Delta on their offer because they were not immediately made aware of how many volunteers were needed.
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“If we had known it was eight o’clock, we would have left,” he told the outlet. – When it was ready, four or five people had already left.
Another passenger confirmed Athens’ claim for compensation on Twitter.
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“It’s a true story. I was on that flight!” passenger Todd McCrumb tweeted in response to a tweet from Athens. “Unfortunately, I could not take the advance [sic] the offer, when I flew with my wife who has very limited eyesight. She has to have me around when she travels. “
McCrumb told KTVB 7 that the offer started at $ 5,000, but would then increase to $ 10,000.
In a statement to The Hill, a spokesman for Delta will not say whether the incident took place, but they stated that there is compensation for ground personnel when circumstances such as this occur.
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“This compensation gives our employees the opportunity to ensure that our overbooked flights are able to take care of customers and then eventually ship or get our flights out on time,” the spokesman said.
Delta chief executive Ed Bastian apologized in a LinkedIn post Thursday for recent flight delays and cancellations.
“If you’ve encountered delays and cancellations recently, I’m sorry,” Bastian wrote. “We have spent years establishing Delta Air Lines as an industry leader in reliability, and although the majority of our flights continue to operate on time, this level of disruption and uncertainty is unacceptable.”
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