UA Fires Nearly 40 Employees for Selling Travel Passes

11 March 2019 3:32pm
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United Airlines fired over 35 employees after the company discovered they were selling their employee travel passes for profit.

Employee travel perks, like travel passes, are intended for employees and their friends or family, but following an investigation, the airline "uncovered a brokering scheme where employees were soliciting pass travel privileges from their colleagues to put up for sale."

USA TODAY obtained an article on United’s internal site that explained just how the airline learned of the dealings.

“United employees at the gate noticed something fishy about a particular group of nine non-revenue pass riders,” the company said.

According to the company, “Some of the employees who gave up their passes received payment, while others were deceived into giving away their pass travel privileges based on the pretext that the passes were for a good friend or a relative (although even that would be against the rules).”

The 35 employees involved were fired, though United noted that “some claimed that they believed that what they were doing was OK, since they had pass travel privileges that weren’t being used.”

Source: Travel Pulse

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