In that case, the list of "bump-first" would be chosen from that flight's passengers with the lowest fare class, i.e. those who paid the least for their tickets, or who have no- or low-status with the airline's frequent-flier program.
Banning overbooking would reduce load factor, and airlines would try to compensate, said Philip Baggaley, senior airlines credit analyst for Standard & Poor's.
No passengers on the plane have mentioned that Mr Dao did anything but refuse to leave the plane when he was ordered to do so. Most passengers who agree to be bumped receive vouchers rather than cash, which limits the cost to the airline.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told CNN on Wednesday that President Trump should "stop the overbooking until we set some more different rules about how the airlines can conduct themselves". Witnesses claimed that Dao looked unconscious as he was taken from the aircraft, his glasses askew. Later he's seen standing in the aisle saying quietly, "I want to go home, I want to go home". After a man is dragged off a United Express flight on Su. It wasn't just the crew members that were in for some turbulence.
United's CEO referred to the incident as an "upsetting event" and spoke euphemistically about "re-accommodating" passengers. The video was the top trending item on Chinese social media site Weibo on Tuesday. After almost a day of silence, the airline put up another announcement admitting culpability, clearly recognizing that its previous attempt to handle the situation wasn't going over well.
"I understand you might bump people because a flight is full".
Some noted that the refusal of transport may have been illegal.
Not allowing overbooking and bumping would also make it more hard for airlines to recover from problems such as storms or computer outages, which lead to canceled flights and the need to rebook passengers. And in China, the incident has sparked outrage, with some arguing that racial bias was involved.
The debacle that followed has triggered calls for Congress to investigate or for airlines to change their ways. "United Airlines: Fuck you". The airlines also have clear policies about who they get to throw out in their contracts of carriage, including the barefoot, the intoxicated or the smelly. A boycott by Chinese passengers could take a bite out of the airline's worldwide revenues. The family "wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received". Reporting issues directly ensures that they get counted.
In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" aired Wednesday, the chief executive of United Airlines said the carrier will no longer ask police to remove passengers from full flights.