So this is sparked by the United thing, but is unrelated to issues around forcible removal or anything like that.
Simply put, I think it should be illegal for an airline (or bus or any other service) to sell more seats than they have for a given trip.
It is a fraudulent representation to customers that the airline is going to transport them on a given flight,
when the airline knows it cannot keep that promise to all of the people that it has made the promise to.
I do not think a ban on overbooking would do much more than codify the general common law elements of fraud to airlines. [Those elements are:](https://www.mitchell-attorneys.
>(1) a representation of fact; (2) its falsity; (3) its materiality; (4) the representer’s knowledge of its falsity or ignorance of its truth; (5) the representer’s intent that it should
be acted upon by the person in the manner reasonably contemplated; (6) the injured party’s ignorance of its falsity; (7) the injured party’s reliance on its truth; (8)
the injured party’s right to rely thereon; and (9) the injured party’s consequent and proximate injury.
I think all 9 are met in the case of overbooking and that it is fully proper to ban overbooking under longstanding legal principles.
Edit: largest view change is [here](https://www.reddit.
com/r/changemyview/comments/64kkxe/cmv_overbooking_should_be_illegal/dg339e5/) relating to a proposal that airlines be allowed to overbook, but not to involuntarily bump,
and that they must keep raising the offer of money until they get enough volunteers, no matter how high the offer has to go.
Edit 2: It has been 3 hours, and my inbox can't take any more. Love you all, but I'm turning off notifications for the thread.
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