That’s Why Airlines Sell More Tickets Than There Are Seats


Nina Klietsch explains why airlines sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane in a TED-Ed lesson about the practice of overbooking.

Have you ever sat in a doctor’s office for hours, despite having an appointment? Has a hotel turned down your reservation because it’s full? Have you been bumped off a flight that you paid for? These are all symptoms of overbooking, a practice where businesses sell or book more than their capacity. So why do they do it? Nina Klietsch explains the math behind this frustrating practice.

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