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Overbooked, the game: Can you scheme with fellow passengers to make the airline pay?

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If they can all stick together, they could make a lot of money.
By Emily Withrow, Adam Pasick
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

United’s violent deplaning of a passenger in Chicago has put the airline industry’s business practices under a harsh spotlight—especially the common tactic of overselling seats on a given flight, on the expectation that some passengers won’t show up.

Each airline has its own procedures for resolving the inevitable situation of too many people and not enough seats. In the wake of United’s debacle, some are raising the amount they are willing to pay to inconvenienced passengers.

But what happens if passengers band together to maximize their pay-outs? Play our interactive game to find out:

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