Until now it was only the passenger trains where we had to rush and catch a seat because they work on ‘first come first served’ and even that doesn’t work out sometimes.
But at other sometimes we are not surprised enough and that is why the airlines want us to hop at the check in counter ASAP because otherwise, we don’t stand a chance in getting the very same seat we have pre-booked.
The news of passengers being kicked out of the planes ruthlessly made to stand and travel and better yet denied boarding are making rounds recently. And the fact that it is true and outrages the modesty of humanity is absolutely believable. Such phenomenon is called overbooking. Let us understand it better.
What is overbooking by airlines?
Booking more than the capacity of the carrier is called overbooking.
How does it help the airlines?
. Overbooking helps airlines to compensate for the ‘at- the moment’ cancelled bookings. The airlines play safe and overbook passengers in order to fill in for those who cancel their flights at the ninth hour. This way they are saved from going with even a single empty seat thereby reducing their losses. They play safe.
But sometimes fate plays it role and the gamble of airlines, which they have organised so well redirects at them with full force. Exactly, what will happen when all those who have booked for a particular airline including the overbooked ones show up and shockingly the airlines receive no cancellation requests. Well, that is when Lucifer comes out. The airlines are now forced to do three things:
There is, although, one way to avoid the situation where you are denied to board the plane. You can come as early as possible and rush like a marathon participant to the check-in counter to be the lucky one.
Let us have a look at some facts:
|Jet Airways||5037||15.37 crore|
|Air India||495||22.57 lakh|
|Spice Jet||22||1.59 lakh|
|Air Asia||32||1.13 lakh|
Jan-Feb 2017 data, source: DGCA