Consumer site Which? has conducted some research into the shady world of airline flight overbooking, the practise of selling more seats than physically fit in the aeroplane to ensure planes fly full even if a few people don't show. Nine out of the 14 flight providers ask admitted to routinely overbooking their routes.
But there's often a reward on offer if you're a victim of this minor travel crime. EasyJet is the best one to get bumped by, as it offers disrupted fliers £100 in cash to take a later flight. £100 to spend six hours in an airport isn't such a bad deal. Others such as Virgin and United Airlines offer some "benefits" packages to bumpees, but wouldn't admit to exactly what form they take.
If you want to guarantee you're not going to get bumped, the ones that don't overbook are Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. [Which]