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Overbooking, where airlines sell tickets for more seats than available to account for the likelihood of no-shows, is a common practice and some U.S. lawmakers have called in the wake of the United incident for new rules to make it more difficult.

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"Banning the practice of overbooking will reduce already thin margins, and could reduce connectivity in turn," IATA said.

Behind overbooking is a degree of calculation.

Airlines use historical flight data to calculate the expected no-show rate for each route. For example, business travelers may switch flights at the last minute, but those traveling on summer holidays are less likely to change plans.


If more people than expected show up , airlines ask for volunteers to miss the flight in exchange for compensation. If not enough volunteer, airlines will select passengers to bump on to an alternative flight, typically before boarding.

In the United States in 2016, around 475,000 passengers, or 0.07 percent of travelers Kevin Durant Shoes Australia Online , were denied boarding due to overbooked flights. Of that, 40,000 were classed as involuntary.

The U.S. Transportation Department said it was the lowest rate of involuntary denials since it began tracking the issue in 1995.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian defended the practice on Wednesday, saying its denied boarding rate was only about 1 in 100,000 passengers in 2016.

To its industry proponents, overbooking has paid off.

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Not everyone follows the policy. JetBlue and Ryanair make a point of saying they do not overbook flights, though the former's denied boarding rate has risen recently after it switched to smaller planes, meaning fewer seats were available than planned.

For the industry as a whole there remains a risk of alienating consumers. Liberum analyst Gerald Khoo said airlines get it right most of the time, but noted: "Ultimately, this episode is a failure of United's procedures, but it has shone an unwelcome light Kevin Durant Shoes Australia , for the airlines, on one of the industry's 'dark arts'".

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