The Ultimate Guide to Ensuring You’re Not Bumped Off The Plane on Your Next Flight [infographic]

Posted on May 15 2017 - 12:31am by James Brockbank

The ultimate guide to ensuring you’re not bumped off the plane on your next flight!

While it has long been a policy for plenty of airlines, the process of potentially bumped off before takeoff is something which has only just come to light for many people.

In April, a passenger aboard a United Airlines flight was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight.

David Dao, a doctor from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who refused to leave the plane, was dragged off by a security officer, cutting his head in the process.

A video emerged of the incident online which sparked a chain of controversy surrounding the process of removing people from overbooked flights. You can take a look at the video by heading to the NY Times site.

While this was clearly a rather overblown example, it made many people aware of the possibility of overbooking.

Avoiding Overbooking

Obviously, overbooking is pretty much out of your hands. However, you need to be aware of the protocol once you have been made aware that your flight has been overbooked.

Firstly, airlines are required to ask for volunteers to switch flights. As a thank you, they will compensate you with a travel voucher or some sort.

If there aren’t enough volunteers, the airline may well select people who will then be entitled to cash.

Clearly, neither of these scenarios are ideal and we would all much rather get to our destination on time, without any unnecessary fuss.

How To Not Get Bumped Off A Flight

So, how do you best avoid situations like this or manage them when they unfortunately arrive? Well, thanks to a new infographic from, you can learn all you need to know.

It’s called ‘The Ultimate Guide To Ensuring You’re Not Bumped Off The Plane On Your Next Flight’ and you can take a look below.

It covers everything from explaining which airlines are less likely to overbook to which type of flights you should consider booking.


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