Watch This — Why Do Airlines Overbook Their Flights?

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You’re sitting at the gate, waiting to board a flight when a familiar announcement begins: “We are looking for volunteers to give up their seats …”

Why do airlines overbook their flights? It seems like a great mystery. But in fact, there is a very simple reason why it happens. And yes, it does come down to money.

Watch this TED-Ed video and you’ll learn why this practice makes sense — and cents.

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