United Airlines drags a passenger off his seat, and it is bad
The airline had just recently gotten over its "leggings" snafu.
BY Jack Holmes | Apr 11, 2017 | Culture
A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday was overbooked, so airline personnel responded by instructing authorities to forcibly remove a man out from his seat. Apparently, as has become all too common, the crew asked passengers for volunteers who would take another flight—in this case, to make room for United employees who had connections to make. When staffers couldn't find enough volunteers, though, they called security to the gate and onto the plane. Somehow, one man in particular was chosen to give up his seat, despite the fact he hadn't volunteered. This was the result:
The man, who claimed to be a doctor with patients he had to attend to in Louisville, refused to get up, so two professionals engaged him physically, then dragged him, bloodied, off the plane. Other passengers were horrified and attempted to capture the incident on their phones. One in particular told WCNC News that "kids were crying and people are disturbed."
Following the incident, United issued a fairly delusional statement:
"Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation."
"One customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily" belongs in the Corporatese Textbook, as does the company's apology for overbooking the flight rather than what they did to the passenger. According to reports, he was "eventually let back on the flight, though he was reportedly bloody and disoriented from the encounter." The flight left two hours late.
Update (1:01 PM): United's CEO released a statement in response to the incident. He apologized for the airline having to "re-accomodate these customers."
Update (2:14 PM): Another video from the aftermath of the incident has emerged. It is disturbing:
Update (2:49 PM): The Chicago Police Department has also issued a statement on the incident, which claims the 69-year-old man "fell":
From: Esquire US