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Standby – Glossary Definition

Standby – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of standby? Learn the meaning of standby, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of standby? Keep reading to learn the meaning of standby, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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What is Standby?

Standby is airline parlance referring to a passenger who does not have a confirmed seat on the intended flight, such as in overbooked flights.

A standby passenger must “stand by” until and if a seat becomes available or, otherwise, get bumped to the next flight.

More on Standby

Back in the day, travelers with spontaneity and optimism could come to the airport on the day they decide to travel and ask to be put on the standby list. If there is room on the flight, they could get a ticket at a bargain discount.

These days, with heightened security measures in place and the fact that many airlines overbook flights rather than undersell them, standby in its original sense isn’t really a thing anymore. Now, an overbooked flight might lead to a voucher auction and passengers being bumped, in which case they are on standby until the next available flight can fly them out.

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