Number of passengers booted from flights is lowest in 22 years

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The rate of ticket-holders on 12 USA carriers denied a seat from April to June declined to 44 per million passengers, according to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday.

Amid a series of recent incidents that gained publicity and sparked outrage, US airlines are bumping passengers at the lowest rate in at least two decades.

That practice backfired in April when United employees, whose offers of vouchers were ignored, asked Chicago airport officers to help remove four people from a United Express flight to make room for airline employees commuting to their next flight.

The Transportation Department issued the latest numbers of bumped passengers as it released its monthly report card on airline performance.

Southwest has the biggest decline, bumping about 1,500 fewer passengers in the second quarter than it did a year ago.

United Airlines spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the carrier has sharply reduced bumping since the April incident.

Airlines have routinely overbooked flights for years in the expectation that some passengers won't show up. But surprisingly, the Dao incident - an egregious example of airline bumping - was already exceedingly rare and is becoming more so by the month.




After years of dismissing the practice of bumping passengers from overbooked flights as just a regular part of doing business, airlines have done an about face. But if an airline miscalculates and ends up with more passengers than seats, carriers can bump travelers as long as the airlines rebook the travelers on another flight or offer fair compensation.

Both marked the lowest rates seen since 1995.

Congress held hearings about the incident and threatened legislation. The department said 76.2 percent of flights in June arrived on time, down from 78.0 percent in June 2016.

The monthly report also covered a mixed record for mishandled bags, and a worse record for punctuality and cancellations in June.

However, Southwest Airlines said in late April that it has made a decision to end the practice of overbooking flights, joining JetBlue, which has already done away with the practice.

The department is investigating six tarmac delays of at least three hours for domestic flights and two for delays of at least four hours for global flights, which can bring fines against an airline.

The carriers canceled 1.1 percent of their scheduled domestic flights this June, up from the 1 percent cancellation rate in June 2016 and the 0.8 percent rate in May. Alaska Airlines had the lowest rate of complaints. From January to June 2017, complaints went up 7.8 percent from the number received during the first six months of 2016.

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