THIS is why airlines overbook flights!

It's estimated 50,000 people are bumped from flights each year, and though the practice of overbooking a flight can make customers angry, there's a reason airlines continue to do so. As explained in a TED Talk video, overbooking is basically a built-in insurance policy for a business. By selling more seats than the airline actually has, they can guarantee a full flight, even if people cancel or don't show up. As for how many tickets an airline decides to overbook, that's carefully calcuated, and over the years the calculations have become increasingly complicated. If you do get bumped off a flight in the U.S. you are entitled to "denied boarding compensation," either in the form of cash, check, free tickets, or vouchers for future flights. (Time)

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