“Standby” definition:

A condition where an air passenger is waiting for seats on the next available flight or for an upgrade to a higher cabin class.  Standby can result when a ticketed passenger wishes to fly earlier or later the same day, has missed a flight, or had a previous flight cancelled or delayed.  Passengers who request an upgrade are also placed on a standby list.  Airline employees also have access to discounted tickets that allow them, their friends and family to fly standby on a seats-available basis.

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