Delta paid Tracy Jarvis Smith $4,000 to give up her seat for another passenger, she said.(rypson/Getty Images)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 7:46 AM
Delta Air Lines paid a woman a whopping $4,000 to give up her seat on an overbooked flight full of people headed for a college football game, the plane’s passengers claim.
Airlines have been under scrutiny for overbooking flights — especially after security guards dragged a man off of a United Airlines flight in April.
Not quite the case in Atlanta last Friday, according to the passengers of the South Bend, Ind.-bound flight.
The plane was reportedly packed with University of Georgia fans headed to Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. When the crew realized the flight was overbooked, they started offering money for someone to surrender a seat.
Offers started at $2,200 then $2,800 and later $3,000,
, sports director for WSB-TV in Atlanta who was on the flight.
Now $3,000 https://t.co/oKga0uw8aZ— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 8, 2017
Passenger Tracy Jarvis Smith finally put her hand up when the crew offered $4,000 to take a later flight to South Bend.
“Sold!!! This kind lady volunteered to get bumped.. for a 7pm flight tonight to South Bend.. for $4,000...,”
. “Not one fan wanted to get in late.”
Sold!!!— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 8, 2017
This kind lady volunteered to get bumped.. for a 7pm flight tonight to South Bend.. for $4,000...
Not one fan wanted to get in late pic.twitter.com/gCOwFpz2Hf
The ambitious passenger said Delta’s offer was simply one she couldn’t refuse.
“4,000 was my magic number! #hadtodoit #couldntsayno,”
Klein later posted a photo of the lucky Georgia fan he said took Smith’s seat.
Smith, now $4,000 richer, didn’t have to wait long for a flight, either.
She tweeted that she landed just eight hours later than she would’ve got in, making it “Totally work 4k!”
Delta didn’t immediately return a request for comment.Send a Letter to the Editor
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