It looks like Delta has seen what happened with United Airlines' overbooked passenger fiasco and is making some serious changes to its compensation policies -- serious as in way more cash monies to entice volunteers to give up their seats on oversold flights. The Associated Press reported Friday that an internal memo from Delta shows gate agents can now offer up to $2,000 in compensation, up from an $800 limit, while supervisors can dish out a maximum of $9,950 (up from $1,350). A Delta spokeswoman confirmed those numbers are accurate. These are some big increases, and would mean that the woman who made $11,000 in compensation for postponing and ultimately canceling her flights from New York to Florida last weekend could have made even more bank. The Delta news comes less than a week after United's PR disaster on Sunday when passenger David Dao, 69, found himself on an oversold flight from Chicago to Louisville.
Delta Air Lines removed passengers from a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after two of the plane's tires deflated on the runway, according to ABC-affiliated station WSB-TV. Delta flight 5508 was preparing to depart the runway for Tulsa, Oklahoma when employees discovered the error. All customers were placed onto a new flight. Video obtained from the incident by WSB-TV showed that the local fire department had arrived at the scene to aid the situation. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 46 passengers and four crew members were on flight 5508.
A couple is being investigated by the FBI after an alleged attempt -- and failure -- at joining the infamous "Mile-High Club" Sunday. The man and woman were strangers upon boarding a Delta Air Lines flight heading from Los Angeles to Detriot, according to reports. A 48-year-old woman was seemingly caught performing oral sex on a 28-year-old man while they were in their seats. The woman was in route to Nashville, whereas the man was heading to Miami. Both passengers were issued citations by the FBI for their actions, but they could walk away with anything between a misdemeanor or a criminal charge.