Airlines dealing with major staffing shortages are bracing for the busy Fourth of July travel weekend.
Some airlines have already had to cancel or delay flights.
Earlier this week, Delta’s CEO apologized to its customers in advance and offered free flight changes for travelers this weekend.
Some airlines will offer travel vouchers or gift cards for passengers willing to be bumped on oversold flights, but what happened on one flight from Michigan to Minnesota this week, is almost unheard of.
According to passengers on the flight, Delta offered $10,000 for eight people to give up their seats on the plane.
Multiple passengers on social media confirmed it, saying it all started at the gate with an opening bid of $5,000.
When there weren’t any takers by the time boarding began, delta bumped the offer up to $7,500.
Once passengers were on board, a flight attendant announced they were still looking for volunteers, and offering $10,000 cash each.
They say it still took about 20 minutes before enough people decided to get up and take the offer.
Delta has not confirmed or denied the offer.