American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are blaming the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX for a spike of denied boardings in the first half of 2019, according to the latest US Department of Transportation (DOT) Air Travel Consumer Report. Airlines routinely overbook flights under the assumption that some passengers will fail to show up to claim their seats. On overbooked flights, carriers will attempt to compensate passengers to voluntarily vacate their seats. When that approach fails, ...

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