A US airline offered $10,000 to passengers willing to give up their seat on overbooked domestic flight

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Would you take $10,000 to get off a plane?

Samedi 2 juillet 2022 ((rezonodwes.com))–

Delta Air Lines announced the flight had been oversold and that eight volunteers stood to receive $10,000 each in cash or electronic payment should they be willing to give up their seats on the plane.

Passengers aboard a recent Delta Air Lines flight departing Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan were treated to a tempting offer: $10,000 for getting off the plane.

Inc. magazine’s Jason Aten wrote a personal account of the event, which he claims took place aboard a connecting flight he and his family had boarded for Minneapolis. According to Aten, the carrier announced the flight had been oversold and that eight volunteers stood to receive $10,000 each in cash or electronic payment should they be willing to give up their seats on the plane.

« If you have Apple Pay, you’ll even have the money right now, » a flight attendant said, according to Aten.

« We did not take it for reasons I’m not going to get into because my wife is still not pleased about it, » he wrote. 

Todd McCrumb, another passenger aboard the plane, has since corroborated Aten’s story regarding the outsized offer. McCrumb told Fortune’s Christine Mui that the carrier had initially offered $5,000 to passengers before bumping the figure to $7,500 and eventually $10,000 when volunteers failed to materialize. 

« Unfortunately, my wife has some health issues and cannot travel alone, » McCrumb told Mui. « She would not bump [because] she was anxious to be home, for health issues and some other concerns. I couldn’t abandon her for any amount of [money]. »

A Delta spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the $10,000 cash offer, according to Mui.

Delta Air Lines offered $10,000 to passengers willing to give up their seat on overbooked domestic flight (chron.com)

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