Nam Y. Huh / AP

United Airlines told federal regulators back in 2014 that "every ticket, of course, guarantees a passenger a seat on the plane," — a promise that the airline did not keep this week when it forcefully ejected a passenger from an overbooked flight.

Why it matters: The correspondence between United and the Department of Transportation, which was uncovered by the International Business Times, came when the airline was commenting on a proposed rule that would have required greater fee disclosure.

What's next: There is already talk of Congress holding hearings on the incident, which captured the attention of a public already skeptical of airlines and their treatment of customers. Lawmakers will only be further encouraged to take a hard look at the airline industry now that United has been caught contradicting what it previously promised the feds.

Go deeper

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

What they're saying: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a "tireless and resolute champion of justice"

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking in February. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading figures paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night at age 87.

What they're saying: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87, the Supreme Court announced Friday evening.

The big picture: Ginsburg had suffered from serious health issues over the past few years. Her death sets up a fight over filling a Supreme Court seat with less than 50 days until the election.