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Fewer Passengers Bumped by U.S. Airlines After Dragging Case

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Travelers stand in a security line at LaGuardia Airport in New York, on June 29.

Travelers stand in a security line at LaGuardia Airport in New York, on June 29.

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A raft of airline policy changes prompted by the high-profile case of a man who was injured while being dragged off a plane in Chicago earlier this year have had a dramatic result: airlines reported the lowest level of involuntary passenger bumpings in history.  

Ticketed passengers who were refused a seat on flights fell to 44 per million passengers from April through June, the Department of Transportation said in an emailed statement Tuesday. That was the lowest quarterly rate since the agency began collecting the data in 1995.