I have a question about the Northeast shuttles (USAir, Delta). From what I understand, they are "guaranteed" seating. From what I've heard, that means that even if they are overbooked by just one person, they'll roll out an extra plane for that one person.
Has that ever actually happened?
And now some follow up questions:
Since US and DL presumably have planes "standing by", they must also have standby crews as well. Do those crews get paid to be on standby, or do they only get paid if they actually get called for a flight?
I would imagine that running a plane with just one passenger would be pretty expensive, to say nothing of all the empty seats.
Would US and DL actually run the plane, or would they attempt to dissuade the one extra passenger from taking that flight? Perhaps they will dangle a free, nonstop first class ticket to anywhere as compensation. Wouldn't that still be far cheaper than running a 727, a 737-600, or an Airbus with exactly one passenger?