United Airlines Passenger Stung by Scorpion From Overhead Bin

Andrew Cummings
April 16, 2017

There is no federal limit as to how much carriers can offer volunteers who give up their seats.

United Airlines initially offered US$400 in travel vouchers, a night's stay in a hotel and a seat on another flight to the volunteer who would give up his or her seat.

The physician assured the flight crew that the scorpion sting was not a life-threatening matter. It said it would announce the results and any actions by April 30.

Delta Air Lines is making a significant change to its overbooking policy, now allowing gate agents and crew members the flexibility to offer up to an astonishing $9,950 to passengers who voluntarily agree to be rebooked. He reportedly lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a "significant" concussion in the incident.

A major USA airline is offering compensation of up to $9,950 (£7,950) per person for passengers denied boarding on overbooked flights.


"Our flight attendants helped a customer who was stung by what appeared to be a scorpion on a flight last week", United said in a statement. They have treated us less than we deserve. "I think this incident will spark some meaningful change". Munoz promised to review United's policies so that this would never happen again.

"As a policy, WestJet does not deliberately overbook our flights", she said in an email.

The new compensation limit announced Friday by the airline is almost seven times the previous amount that supervisors were allowed to offer passengers to give up their seats.

Airlines can remove a passenger from the plane if the traveler exhibits aggressive or harmful behavior. United, for instance, says it considers factors like fare class, frequent flyer status, itinerary and how far in advance passengers check in, and avoids bumping unaccompanied minors and people with disabilities.

United shares fell 4 per cent after footage was shared of Dr Dao being hauled off the flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky.


Many airlines overbook their passengers by 5%.

At least one Chicago alderman wants to eliminate the city's airport security force after members dragged an airplane passenger from a full Louisville-bound flight at O'Hare last weekend.

"We are urging members of Congress to use this as an opportunity to put in place consumer protections that now either don't exist or aren't being enforced by the Department of Transportation", said Sally Greenberg, the group's executive director.

The warning goes out not just to Canadian airlines such as Air Canada and WestJet, but also to global airlines that fly in and out of the country - which includes United Airlines.


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