Airlines in general have been a mess this year, with unsafe planes cruising around and overbooked flights left and right. The latter has always been a source of confusion for me — if you buy a ticket, you should be guaranteed at least a squished middle seat, right? Wrong. This has become an increasingly frequent problem and it's being addressed with a new rule that will compensate bumped passengers twice as much as before.
The rule goes into effect next month, and US airlines will reimburse passengers who land at their destination two hours after their original flight was due to arrive. Reimbursement will cover domestic ticket fares up to $800, and a bumped passenger will be reimbursed up to $400 if their flight lands less than two hours before originally scheduled.