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Comment Re:So what's the issue? (Score 1) 214

So you're telling me that they should have owned the issue that they caused, and worked around it instead of putting the burden and blame on the customer? Why, that's like an airline unexpectedly needing 4 seats to get its employees to another airport on time, and thus putting them on a turboprop or in a company car instead of calling the cops to beat up the passenger who won't give up his seat!

Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 3, Insightful) 521

Your problems are twofold.

1. You think libertarian is a synonym for conservative,
2. You believe that now that leftist voices don't drown out all others, that Slashdot is now a "conservative echo chamber." This is the response of people who are not used to having their ideas challenged.

Slashdot has always leaned left. Now it's centrist. And that bothers you. Ars Technica is leaning further left these days, so go hang there. They have a user moderation system that's dumber than Slashdot's, but at least you won't get the banhammer for irking any of the hired moderators on the articles anymore.

Comment Re:Bad data from poor implementation (Score 2) 521

Indeed. This system is a fraud that only replaces multiple welfare programs with cold, hard cash. It might reduce costs of administration, but it isn't basic income.

I would like to see a basic income program that truly pays everyone, but with the ability for those who don't need it to opt out. Let's see the wealthy progressives literally put their money where their mouths are.

Comment Re:Unintended consequences (Score 2) 521

This is clearly need-based in thinking.

If one person can get by on $X, it doesn't mean two people need $X*2. Housing is normally the greatest cost to a household. My rent or mortgage has always been my biggest bill, even when I lived in a dump in the 1990s. I had a new car, and the rent was still double the car payment.

Comment Re:United flight was NOT overbooked (Score 2) 575

Because the definition of overbooking is BOOKING too many passengers on a plane. Those employees weren't BOOKED, they were tossed in because someone screwed up, and the airline wasn't willing to pay up handsomely to just mitigate the issue and move on. They may lose millions for want of a few grand.

Comment Re:Numbers (Score 2) 575

I bring this up because it seems to me a possible better approach to this nonsense is to simply state that if you miss your flight due to no fault of the airline, you will be charged the fare

Um, they already do that. For decades now, you have to pay a huge fee to have your ticket be transferable.

Comment Re:Numbers (Score 1) 575

Yeah, they're counting heads on all flights, ignoring the fact that many of those people fly several times a year. The total number of travelers is much, much lower. If 46,000 Uber/Lyft riders were kicked out of their rides, it would be the top story every day.

Comment Re:Slow day in tech, then? (Score 5, Informative) 575

$1,350 is the MAX. Here's what I found:

If you are bumped involuntarily and the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to get you to your final destination (including later connections) within one hour of your original scheduled arrival time, there is no compensation.
If the airline arranges substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to 200% of your one-way fare to your final destination that day, with a $675 maximum.
If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (400% of your one-way fare, $1350 maximum).
If your ticket does not show a fare (for example, a frequent-flyer award ticket or a ticket issued by a consolidator), your denied boarding compensation is based on the lowest cash, check or credit card payment charged for a ticket in the same class of service (e.g., coach, first class) on that flight.

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