What are your rights if you turn up at the airport only to be told by the airline that the flight you’re travelling on is overbooked?
Overbooking means that there aren’t enough seats for everyone who has booked tickets for a flight.
If a flight is overbooked, the airline will first ask for volunteers to give up their seats in return for incentives, such as a seating upgrade on later flights.
If not enough people volunteer, the airline has the right to stop passengers from boarding the plane in order to free up seats. This is known as being bumped off a flight.
Knowing your legal flight rights when faced with an overbooked flight means you won’t miss out on compensation.
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