LANSING, Mich. – How much is your plane seat worth? Not $ 10,000 for at least one Delta passenger who passed the offer on a recent flight.
Jason Athens, 42, of Lansing, Michigan, said he and his family flew from Grand Rapids to Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 27. They were on their way to Anchorage, Alaska, for a two-week RV vacation.
“We had boarded the plane and the flight attendant came across the PA and announced that they were looking for volunteers who were willing to give up their seats for $ 10,000,” Athens told FOX Television Stations. “At first everyone thought it must be some kind of mistake. Then she came up with the announcement again, adding” if you have ApplePay, you even have the money right now “.
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Athens said some passengers thought she meant frequent flyer miles instead of cash.
Athens and his family chose to stay seated anyway. He said he had eight members in his party, and it was not clear how many volunteers were needed to give up their seats.
“It definitely happened pretty quickly, and separating a family with four children is not as easy as it may seem,” he added.
Ironically, the flight attendant announced that the airline was looking for eight volunteers. However, Athens said at the time that at least four people accepted the offer. He added that some other eager passengers ended up refusing the offer because Delta would not be able to receive them for several days.
But Athens said he did not regret not taking the money, even though he wrote about it in his online column.
“It was never our money to begin with,” he continued. “Sure, $ 10,000 per person is a lot of money, and anyone can start spending it in their head, but we had a vacation that was only once in a lifetime.”
However, he said that if he were to get another chance, he would do things differently.
“I think we have all agreed that if it ever happened again, we would be the first of the plane,” he added.
FOX Television Stations has contacted Delta Airlines for a comment. However, in 2017, the airline acknowledged that it was willing to offer a hefty cash offer for passengers to give up their seats.
Oversale of flights is a fact in the airline. Industry authorities say it is necessary because some passengers do not show up, and that overbooking keeps prices down by reducing the number of empty seats.
According to TIME, the amount airlines are willing to pay has increased this year, but by law the compensation rate usually varies between $ 775 and $ 1550, depending on the price of the traveler’s ticket and the length of the delay.
This story was reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press bidro.