According to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization, which establishes technical standards for the aviation industry, 1.67 billion people flew worldwide in 2000. In 2006, this number increased to 2.1 billion.
That amounts to a lot of passengers and a lot of flights…and a lot of opportunity to be ‘bumped’, that is to find your seat has been booked twice and you are informed that you cannot take that flight. Airlines bump to counter a certain amount of passengers changing or missing flights.
This can lead to serious issues if you are on an important business trip.
To help yourself avoid being bumped:
- Make sure you have a definite seat assignment. If you can, book the seat when you buy the ticket
- On many domestic flights you can check-in through the internet 24 hours before departure. This decreases the chances of being bumped
§ Try and avoid flying later in the day or around the holidays, when planes are usually full
§ If you are bumped, make the most of a bad situation: request free accommodation or even a free ticket. No airline likes bad publicity or lost future custom
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