Amid a series of onboard incidents that became fodder for viral videos, the nation’s biggest airlines are bumping fewer passengers than ever.
In the April-through-June quarter, the 12 biggest carriers reported denying passengers a seat at a rate of 0.44 fliers per 10,000 passengers, the lowest three-month rate since the U.S. Department of Transportation began tracking the data in 1995.
The bumping rate for the first six months of the year was 0.52 per 10,000 passengers, marking the lowest rate for any January-through-June period since 1995, the DOT reported.
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A United Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport.