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CEO of United Airlines Oscar Muñoz (L) talks with United Airlines President Scott Kirby (R) prior to testifying before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing to examine US airlines customer service policies, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 02 May 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

United Airlines and other big US airlines on Tuesday justified their practice of overbooking flights, saying it allows them to keep fares lower and accommodate more passengers.