I check in on the self serve terminal and the gate shows but no assigned seats. I ask the agent. They said they will assign seats at the gate, this is their new policy. I ask if the flight is oversold. He says yes.
I said that I need a seat as it is too much stress for the next 2 hours knowing if I have a seat.
He tells me to go to the gate. I get to the gate and they are looking for 3 volunteers who will give up their seat for $300. I am sitting behind the gate attendant.
A man walks up with a smile and says he will give up his seat for $500; and the games begin. He looks like a gambling type of man who is out to make a deal.
The gate attendant says “I can’t do that now, but wait a bit and we will see”. She said “but you will do it for 500?”. She confers with another older gate attendant. She asks the man to fill in a card.
Why do they oversell a flight with 19 passengers on a standby list. How does that happen? I just don’t understand why, everyone has paid for a seat so even if they don’t show up it, the airline gets the money.
I have decided I do not want to fly with an airline that does not give me a seat at time of booking.
PS. They still managed to get 2 off duty flight crew on, with 19 passengers still on standby.
HMMMM how much has really changed?