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senate Bill S. 1733

Should Airlines be Prohibited From Forcibly Removing a Passenger From an Overbooked Flight?

Argument in favor

Airlines shouldn’t be able to forcibly remove passengers from a flight they’re aboard the plane because the airline sold too many tickets or has employees who want to fly.

Ticktock's Opinion
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12/24/2017
Yes. Just like theaters don’t sell more tickets for a showing than the number of seats available physically in the theater. Airlines have a set number of seats and should sell no more tickets for a flight than the number of seats physically available on that flight. If they sell more there should be a substantial penalty paid to everyone on the flight for being forced to witness the mayhem that results from forcefully ejecting someone not to mention reimbursement to the paying passenger being ejected.
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Robert's Opinion
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12/24/2017
Once a person is seated it is their seat. An Airlines should not be allowed to forcibly remove them without cause. If the Airlines has overbooked a flight and they want to free up a seat, then they need to keep sweetening their offer until someone voluntarily gives up their seat.
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12/24/2017
The Airlines should approach the whole issue differently. They should be prohibited from overbooking a flight. If they see that a flight will be underbooked, then they should market extremely low last-minute prices, until the flight is booked. The only reason they overbook, is to increase profits to shareholders.... and fuck the customer, if they get it wrong. This is a poor model of business and it is also unethical to treat a customer the way the airline does. Give prison time to airlines who treat customers unethically and try to force a good customer from their paid seat. The business model and industry need to change, not the customer. This may be a great example of how corporations are owning the citizens and oppressing the citizens.
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Argument opposed

If no passengers wish to accept the incentives offered by an airline to deplane from an overbooked flight, the airline should have the right to physically remove them.

TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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12/24/2017
What makes you think the market can't handle this without the government? When United did that, the video went viral, the public was outraged, and so many people canceled their United flights and/or voiced that they wouldn't fly with them anymore that they lost something like a billion dollars from their market cap in the matter of a day or two, and every airline in America publicly changed their policies to be more consumer friendly. HOW ON EARTH do you get a swifter, stiffer punishment than that? You don't need government for this! Completely unnecessary. The free market works so long as consumers are engaged enough to consume in accordance with their values.
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tituswife's Opinion
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12/24/2017
Not prohibited by the government. Allow the marketplace to work. Stay out of private industry!
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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12/24/2017
They just need to properly compensate them for the inconvenience. They should do all they can to get them on another plane whether theirs or another company’s flight.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedAugust 3rd, 2017
    Yes. Just like theaters don’t sell more tickets for a showing than the number of seats available physically in the theater. Airlines have a set number of seats and should sell no more tickets for a flight than the number of seats physically available on that flight. If they sell more there should be a substantial penalty paid to everyone on the flight for being forced to witness the mayhem that results from forcefully ejecting someone not to mention reimbursement to the paying passenger being ejected.
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    What makes you think the market can't handle this without the government? When United did that, the video went viral, the public was outraged, and so many people canceled their United flights and/or voiced that they wouldn't fly with them anymore that they lost something like a billion dollars from their market cap in the matter of a day or two, and every airline in America publicly changed their policies to be more consumer friendly. HOW ON EARTH do you get a swifter, stiffer punishment than that? You don't need government for this! Completely unnecessary. The free market works so long as consumers are engaged enough to consume in accordance with their values.
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    Once a person is seated it is their seat. An Airlines should not be allowed to forcibly remove them without cause. If the Airlines has overbooked a flight and they want to free up a seat, then they need to keep sweetening their offer until someone voluntarily gives up their seat.
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    The Airlines should approach the whole issue differently. They should be prohibited from overbooking a flight. If they see that a flight will be underbooked, then they should market extremely low last-minute prices, until the flight is booked. The only reason they overbook, is to increase profits to shareholders.... and fuck the customer, if they get it wrong. This is a poor model of business and it is also unethical to treat a customer the way the airline does. Give prison time to airlines who treat customers unethically and try to force a good customer from their paid seat. The business model and industry need to change, not the customer. This may be a great example of how corporations are owning the citizens and oppressing the citizens.
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    People are more important than profits. This problem is just one symptom of the foul doctrine of capitalism being so widely accepted.
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    Duh! Hell yes. John Doe wouldn’t sell 2 cars, if he’s only got one. SMH
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    Stop. Overbooking. Flights.
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    Does pose an interesting problem. If a law were to exist that prevents removing a passenger that can’t be seated, and if another law exists that prevents a plane from taking off until all are seated, would that effectively mean the entire flight could have to be cancelled for the sake of a single uncooperative passenger?
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    The market is obviously not enough of an incentive for airlines to offer reasonable pricing that provides the effect they want and treat fellow human beings and customers with respect. Furthermore they should be prosecuted legally for assaulting a duly paid passenger.
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    Not prohibited by the government. Allow the marketplace to work. Stay out of private industry!
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    Not the passengers fault
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    They just need to properly compensate them for the inconvenience. They should do all they can to get them on another plane whether theirs or another company’s flight.
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    From assaulting customers? Yes, any business should be prohibited from overbooking followed by assaulting paying customers.
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    What about booking the last 10 seats for a flight as “standby?” And “standby” should be sold at a reduced price. The airline takes a chance to have full seating at a reduced price and the passenger get a reduced price but takes a chance of being booted from the flight with a full refund or re-booking on another flight.
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    Simple solution for airlines. Count the number of seats on the plane and sell that many tickets. The risk airlines take by overbooking should not be passed on to the passenger.
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    The airlines should probably consider only selling what they’ve got to avoid this situation. though it is the airlines plane and their service that they are selling, they are not obligated to provide you that service and the plane is their property, refusing to leave after being asked to is trespassing. Let the free market handle this one, stop over regulating.
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    If you don’t like a service providers policy, then spend your money somewhere else. Free markets regulate themselves.
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    A ticket purchased for a particular flight is a contract for service, just read the fine print when you book a flight. That applies to the provider as well as the consumer. Knowingly overbooking a flight or using a paid seat to transport an employee is unethical and should be considered a breach of that contract. If the government has to actually pass a bill to force ethics into the airline industry, the industry has bigger problems. The DOT just removed the regulation requiring carriers to list their baggage fee policy so the consumer knows the actual cost of a flight before they commit to purchase. What makes anyone think they will enforce this legislation if passed, especially in this hyper pro-business administration? I agree the practice should be stopped, but it should be because the company deems it unethical. I realize that is wishful thinking, but I am eternally optimistic.
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    Just don’t overbook. We paid for a seat.
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    Airlines shouldn’t oversell tickets.
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