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    #1

    put on standby....

    What does this sentence mean?

    He was put on standby for the flight to London because it was fully-booked.

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    #2

    Re: put on standby....

    Many airline employees are entitled to "standby" tickets. It means that if a seat is available on a flight, they can have it but if the flight is full, they have to wait for the next available flight.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: put on standby....

    ems's remark also applies to passengers, as well as employees.

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    #4

    Re: put on standby....

    Yes, sorry, I failed to point out that some airlines will allow you to buy a standby ticket for a particular fully-booked flight. If someone cancels or doesn't turn up for the flight, the person with a standby ticket might get on the flight. Of course, there might be a lot of people with standby tickets and they are dealt with in order of priority (usually, the first person who bought a standby ticket would be at the top of the list etc).
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    #5

    Re: put on standby....

    All airlines in the US will "oversell" their flights.

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    #6

    Re: put on standby....

    I think most international airlines in the UK do, but I don't think the budget ones do (Easyjet, Ryanair etc). I've never heard of anyone (except presumably staff) getting a standby ticket on them.
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    #7

    Re: put on standby....

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    All airlines in the US will "oversell" their flights.
    It's a common practice, which surprises me as I assumed that people would always take flights having bought tickets, but this appears not to be the case.

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    #8

    Re: put on standby....

    If you are in an unpredicatable business, it is not so strange. If you are sent somewhere to fix a problem, it might take you longer than you had originally planned. So you won't fly home on the original flight. That is why they sell tickets that are refundable.

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