I was bumped on a revenue ticket, on DL
, from a courtesy upgrade at the gate, seated, drink in hand, because a revenue F passenger from a delayed flight RAN to get the flight and gate had to accomodate him. I was asked to take my original seat which was now occupied by a courtesy upgrade to Economy Comfort so I ended up in row 41.....in a middle seat....but with said drink still in hand. The F/A's handled the situation beautifully and because I was so "kind" about the screwball situation they comp'd me and my seatmates in the entire row free drinks.
Once we landed, a F/A came to me during taxi in and asked if I could remain behind for just a few moments when we reached the gate. I did so and a supervisor came aboard, greeted me and thanked me for my "cooperation in a touchy situation." He extended to me a deposit of 10,000 bonus SkyMiles and upgraded my next trip to all F class on the spot. He remarked the gate supervisor in ATL
who came aboard to advise me to move stated I was more considerate and "well behaved" than the running late passenger, and she wanted me to know how much they appreciated my cooperation.
At the end of the day (a Friday night no less) I arrived home safely, with a slight buzz, and was rewarded for my "cooperation."
It may happen as in my case, or a broken seat, or Sky Marshal or potentially a few other "touchy" situations. If on a revenue ticket, paid for F class, contact the airline for appropriate compensation and if not....in all other situations.....just go with the flow.
You-know-what happens sometimes.
watch what you want. you may get it.