They all have tales of travel and flights. Megan Kevini, a realtor from New York, boarded a Delta flight from LaGuardia to Florida and never expected what happened to her: win 3000 dollars.
Namely, the airline began offering a financial reward to passengers who voluntarily left the flight, after it was completely full. They initially announced that they would give $1,300 to people who had left the flight, but Kevin, 30, decided to wait until they gave more.
“As we boarded the plane, the gate agent announced, ‘We need 22 people to get off this flight,'” Kevinney told CNBC. We give $1,300 to any volunteer.” She added that she had written to her boyfriend and his friends that she would not leave unless they offered $2,000.
This is exactly what happened. The bid was increased to $2,500 and eventually to $3000. “I almost broke my neck running down the hall,” Kevin said. She originally paid $358 for her ticket.
This is part of a phenomenon that airlines are facing. Flights are overbooked and delayed by the number of extra passengers on each flight. “Airlines have aggressively tried to deliver an expected increase in demand,” said Willis Orlando, aviation expert at Scott’s Cheap Flights.
This summer has been an important season for airlines, as they anticipate increased demand for travel and flights. There have been concerns as the pandemic has caused a drop in flight personnel, especially pilots, according to CNBC.
“The shortage of pilots in the industry is real, and most airlines will not be able to implement their capacity plans because there simply aren’t enough pilots, at least for the next five years,” said United Airlines CEO Scott. Kirby, in a call for quarterly results last April.
Airlines have been giving more money to volunteers to give up a flight for reasons of saving time and getting the flight out on time, and to protect the airline’s reputation.
“If a plane is delayed by two hours because of a landing problem, there aren’t enough crews and pilots to ensure it doesn’t spread throughout its network,” Orlando told CNBC. “Before the pandemic, they didn’t risk their entire network collapsing with one or two flights landing,” he added.
As for Kevin, she took a scheduled flight and arrived in Fort Lauderdale two hours after her group.