Passengers getting bumped from flights for asylum-seekers: Report

Travelers in Texas are reportedly being bumped from flights in favor of asylum-seekers pursuing standby seats at McAllen International Airport.

The immigrants are purchasing standby tickets, and Border Patrol agents are screening them through a process that includes checking documents to ensure none board flights illegally, according to a report.

Homeland Security officials release the asylum-seekers before they arrive at the airport, often in the predawn hours, leaving large numbers of people waiting for a limited number of seats, the report noted.

The number of asylum-seekers filling McAllen International Airport has become so excessive that airlines have begun to suggest passengers arrive hours prior to departure.

One American Airlines spokesperson said the airline is not even tracking the number of asylum-seekers purchasing tickets or asking why they’re traveling, the report noted.

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