OUT OF PICKET
Hu's husband, Jay Tang, wrote that after being escorted off the plane, Hu was surrounded by three police officers while trying to find a new flight that could accommodate her. He said American Airlines offered her the chance to purchase either first class or business class tickets <<<out of pocket>>>. Eventually, after staying overnight at a Holiday Inn, Hu arrived back home in Chicago, Cello in tow, where she had a tearful greeting with her husband.
I find that the definitions of OUT OF POCKET are different in dictionaries: paying on yourself, or wasting money by having to pay by yourself vs short of money.
Is it a case of difference between the British and the North America usage, or something?