Delta Air Lines is offering  compensation to a California family that says they were rudely kicked off a plane (and threatened with jail) after refusing to give up a seat on an overbooked flight!

A cell phone camera (of course) captured the incident. Here it is ...

As the video shows, the passengers were threatened with jail. An official even warned them that their kids could wind up in foster care!

America is outraged ... again.

Like  that infamous United "dragging" incident, Americans feel the airline is clearly mistreating their customers!

But just like that United incident, Tom is defending the airlines!

On Friday's show, Tom explained why that angry passenger should have given up seat. And while Delta and the folks at the airport could have handled it better, rules are still rules.

LISTEN ABOVE AS TOM MAKES HIS CASE!