Why Airlines Sell More Seats Than They Have

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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   3 years back

    If you're wondering why this video is a bit less polished than normal ones, it's because I quite literally started work on it five hours ago. Just wanted to get it out when this news story is still relevant!

    Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this extra video!

  • Kanbei
    Kanbei  7 days back

    2.5 years later and nobody talks about this incident anymore. It was simply forgotten and I doubt airlines have changed their practices

    • Crypto
      Crypto  2 weeks back

      Just stop overbooking. Period. Airlines are SO DESPERATE to gain money but their service sucks. It doesn't pay off.

      • Юлия Страхова

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        • Sokoya Abdulazeez
          Sokoya Abdulazeez  1 months back

          you have your answer from 0:00 to 0:30

          • Dark Knight
            Dark Knight  1 months back

            It’s extremely unethical and immoral.
            Next time this happens... All passengers must stand together and walk out of the plane.

            • Eric Chevez
              Eric Chevez  1 months back

              dude your volume recording is atrociously low..

              • AstralWither
                AstralWither  2 months back

                3:16 jetblue ftw

                • Ailuropoda Melanoleuca
                  Ailuropoda Melanoleuca  2 months back

                  Consumers are retards and airlines have become fraudulent businesses!!!

                  • Scott Martin
                    Scott Martin  2 months back

                    Overbook my flight, I always take the voucher! I got offered by delta to take the following days flight with a 4 star hotel accommodation, free food/drink vouchers, and 1,000$USD. I’ll take that offer anytime I fly!

                    • infinitecanadian
                      infinitecanadian  2 months back

                      I was on a flight from Las Vegas to Vancouver. It was completely full, but everyone there made it on.

                      • Scuz24
                        Scuz24  3 months back

                        anyone knows whats the background song for 3:04 ?

                        • Potato Man
                          Potato Man  3 months back

                          why is my mans 30 feet from the microphone?

                          • Victoria
                            Victoria  3 months back

                            Not sure if anyone has said this, but Louisville is pronounced differently than what you said. :) Just found your channel and love it! I'm on a watching spree now

                            • link
                              link  3 months back

                              He said it right (at least the first time not sure about if he said it other times)

                          • lonelyPorterCH
                            lonelyPorterCH  4 months back

                            Good luck, I never got denyed^^

                            • Dhvanan Trivedi
                              Dhvanan Trivedi  4 months back

                              Is it just me or the audio is actually really low? Can hardly hear him

                              • Chris Coronado
                                Chris Coronado  4 months back

                                I am new to your videos and have been enjoying them very much. Any chance we can see some specific airplanes and/or the tech they employ? Like maybe stealth tech on a B-2 or F-117 etc. ? Thank you!

                                • Spade
                                  Spade  4 months back

                                  *cough cough* American *cough cough*

                                  • Larry Peanut
                                    Larry Peanut  4 months back

                                    who disliked this kys

                                    • Samuel Perkins
                                      Samuel Perkins  4 months back

                                      I was that Bangor to DC flight and 4 people got overbooked on that aa flight No more flights for 3 days out of Bangor

                                      • delphur rewank
                                        delphur rewank  4 months back

                                        whats the background song for 3:04


                                        thanks

                                        • Scuz24
                                          Scuz24  3 months back

                                          yes please someone tell

                                      • Alex Lye
                                        Alex Lye  4 months back

                                        increse the volume of all your videos. i turn my volume up to the max n i can barely hear the audio tq

                                        • templar knight
                                          templar knight  4 months back

                                          Because greed

                                          • Tawana Raulston
                                            Tawana Raulston  4 months back

                                            I don't think I will be flying United anytime soon.

                                            • alphagamer047
                                              alphagamer047  4 months back

                                              Fu** United, worst airline in the world!

                                              • 吃茶猫
                                                吃茶猫  4 months back

                                                You can say it is for "cheap price",or it is for "profit" in essence.

                                                • Zinn's Tiger Town Mowers
                                                  Zinn's Tiger Town Mowers  5 months back

                                                  I'd be pissed

                                                  • Cowboy
                                                    Cowboy  5 months back

                                                    United didn't drag him off the police did

                                                  • ReyJ
                                                    ReyJ  5 months back

                                                    Why do people buy tickets and then no show? I understand sudden illness or emergency but the rate seems high

                                                    • stylesrj
                                                      stylesrj  4 months back

                                                      Probably that, or people forget when their flight is, they turn up late on the day or there's a sudden change of plans that isn't illness or an emergency and they don't have the time to cancel the flight and get their refund.
                                                      And probably of course one or two people who just like to throw money around and buy tickets for flights they'll never take.

                                                  • Petar Dambovaliev
                                                    Petar Dambovaliev  5 months back

                                                    This is not legal in the EU :)

                                                    • Petar Dambovaliev
                                                      Petar Dambovaliev  3 months back

                                                      @turtle guy370 No, it is not. If you buy a ticket, they cannot sell the same seat to someone else and throw you off the flight. This garbage only happens in shit countries.

                                                    • turtle guy370
                                                      turtle guy370  3 months back

                                                      Petar Dambovaliev yes it is

                                                  • James K
                                                    James K  6 months back

                                                    if thry dont show up isnt it just their fault? the ticket was still paid for.

                                                    • stylesrj
                                                      stylesrj  4 months back

                                                      Yeah but you have an empty seat that could be filled by someone who might buy from your overpriced snack trolley.

                                                  • AlphaK
                                                    AlphaK  6 months back

                                                    Simple way to fix it. 1) Cash only compensation, no voucher BS. 2) Minimum starts at 2x the ticket price. 3) Offer keeps increasing until someone accepts, no one is involuntarily denied and there is no maximum amount.

                                                    And before you think people will just let the offer keep growing to insane amounts, you'll need to learn simple game theory. With 200+ people on board the chance increases that someone will take it the higher it gets. The fact that only ONE passenger can benefit from the compensation means they will jump on it as soon as it's worth it to them. There's no benefit of trying to let it go higher past when it's worth it to you because you risk someone else accepting it from under you. Therefore the airline will quite literally pay the least amount for someone giving up their seat.

                                                    • Rikki R
                                                      Rikki R  6 months back

                                                      Consumers want a cheaper flight more than they want a better travel experience. Is there such thing as a better travel experience? Is there even a good travel experience?

                                                      • Jeff Bourke
                                                        Jeff Bourke  6 months back

                                                        It's not good news that the models are getting better.
                                                        It only translates into more profit for airlines and more inconvenience and disrespect to passengers.

                                                        • Smug Megumin
                                                          Smug Megumin  6 months back

                                                          Physical Removal™ but without the helicopter

                                                          • Chad B
                                                            Chad B  7 months back

                                                            This is one of the worst "legal" scams big companies can get away with to screw us customers over

                                                            • turtle guy370
                                                              turtle guy370  3 months back

                                                              Chad B how is this a scam first of all you agree to it when you buy a ticket and 2nd it’s making your tickets cheaper

                                                          • John Holifield
                                                            John Holifield  7 months back

                                                            Money rules!!!

                                                            • djocapn
                                                              djocapn  7 months back

                                                              To this day, I still don't understand why United gets the blame for this guy. Yes, they called the police to remove him, but it wasn't a United employee who did the removing. It was the police.

                                                              • stylesrj
                                                                stylesrj  4 months back

                                                                Because it happened on their plane and it was their fault for letting it escalate that much.

                                                            • Manav Gajera
                                                              Manav Gajera  7 months back

                                                              After that incident of United Airlines, I decided not to fly on that airline ever again, but my dad recently booked my ticket from Mumbai to New York in United, and I can't cancel it. Wish me luck that they never throw me out of plane 🤞🤞

                                                            • Charles Conover
                                                              Charles Conover  7 months back

                                                              Yay Maine was in this video!

                                                              • Yusur Kassem
                                                                Yusur Kassem  7 months back

                                                                Wtf you pay money for a ticket than you’re not allowed to be on the flight cuz you booked late (even though you paid more by booking late)

                                                                • Hi There
                                                                  Hi There  7 months back

                                                                  This entire comment section is getting the most important fact wrong. It wasn’t UA, it was on a flight being operated by Republic airlines. So United wasn’t at fault anywhere.

                                                                  • Xenzo Szhenzo
                                                                    Xenzo Szhenzo  7 months back

                                                                    Fun Fact! This is Illegal in the UK, meaning that it doesn't happen.

                                                                    • Julio Marquez
                                                                      Julio Marquez  8 months back

                                                                      Overbooking is an unethical practice in the airline industry. If they want to do this practice, they should do it in a fair way. If a flight is fully booked and will still sell boarding passes, let the customer know “YOU ARE TAKING A RISK BY PURCHASING THIS TICKET. IF ANOTHER CUSTOMER DOES NOT SHOW UP TO THEIR FLIGHT, THEN THE SEAT WILL BECOME YOURS. IF THE CUSTOMER DOES SHOW UP, YOU CAN BE PUT ON THE NEXT FLIGHT OR HAVE CREDIT TK USE FOR A FUTURE FLIGHT.” In caps so people can actually pay attention to the warning.

                                                                      • WPLU572 Trunked Radio
                                                                        WPLU572 Trunked Radio  8 months back

                                                                        United American and Delta are still the top airlines in our country...find it hard to blame the entire corporation for the poor action of a few

                                                                        • Oleie
                                                                          Oleie  8 months back

                                                                          I’ve never experience that in a Japanese company flight. I wish they do so I could get business class more often

                                                                          • tim nixon
                                                                            tim nixon  8 months back

                                                                            @1:58 that's the buffalo airport isn't it? From buffalo!

                                                                            • Hi There
                                                                              Hi There  8 months back

                                                                              Surprises me how stupid people are. Stop blaming United