According to the latest Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, especially for the second quarter of 2017, the carriers posted a bumping rate of 4.4 per 100,000 passengers, the lowest quarterly rate based on historical data dating back to 1995.
Just one in 19,000 passengers was bumped from their flight in the period between January and June this year, the Associated Press reported.
That incident, in which a passenger was injured after being forcibly dragged off of a plane by police, drew attention to the practice of denying seats to passengers who had purchased tickets.
The Department of Transportation has also released a microsite to help passengers learn about their rights 35,000 feet up. That passenger bump rate was down 29 percent compared to the same time a year ago.
Since the incident, United announced it was changing its bumping policy, increasing the maximum amount travelers may be paid for volunteering to be bumped from a flight to $10,000.
During the past three months, 7,764 were involuntary denied a seat but 94,151 voluntarily accepted not boarding the flight.
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So what airline booted the most passengers? In the second quarter this year, for every million passengers, airlines bumped 44 people from scheduled flights. If there are too many passengers at the terminal, they offer travel vouchers to encourage some to take a later flight. "If the Department of Transportation won't hold the airlines to account for these practices, then Congress needs to step in and fix the problem".
The monthly report also covered a mixed record for mishandled bags, and a worse record for punctuality and cancellations in June.
The DOT since has launched a website where travelers can report issues including tarmac and flight delays, and discrimination.
In June, 76.2 percent of flights arrived within 15 minutes of their schedules, compared with 79.1 percent in May and 78 percent in June 2016.
The department is investigating six tarmac delays of at least three hours for domestic flights and two for delays of at least four hours for worldwide flights, which can bring fines against an airline. In June, airlines also reported two tarmac delays of more than four hours on worldwide flights compared to no such tarmac delays in May.
Cancellations averaged 1.1% of domestic flights in June, which was more than the 0.8% rate in May and the 1% rate for the same month a year earlier. Previously, the lowest quarterly rate was 50 per million from July to September 2002. June's incidents involved the death of one animal and injuries to two other animals.