Yeah, so THAT happened.
According to several news sources (links below for your perusal), a United Airlines flight forcibly EJECTED a passenger due to overbooking on THEIR end. While it wasn’t clear at the time of this writing, it seems like the passenger was legitimately booked.
According to several statements I could find online, United had overbooked the flight and was looking for four volunteers to leave the plane in order to send four United crew members to Louisville. Passengers were allowed to board and United offered $800 to anyone who gave up their seat, but when there were no volunteers, United said a computer would randomly select four passengers. The man in the video claimed to be a doctor who had patients to see in the morning and refused to leave, at which point airport security dragged him off the plane.
What is this, Hunger Games Airline Edition?
The hell kind of business practice is that?
The video doesn’t show much, but apparently the forcibly ejected passenger was (allegedly) a Doctor needing to come to work, hence why he didn’t want to get off.
Geez, imagine if that passenger was carrying a donor transplant or something – and he STILL had to get off.
Here’s another video in case the upper one wasn’t working:
Then there’s the utter gall of the airline company itself to APPOLOGIZE to their client for “having to re-accommodate him” after the incident.
What, that’s it?! No mention about “forcibly EJECTING” him, huh?
Oh, wait, here’s this too:
“This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.” – Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO
Flying the unfriendly, skies, am I right?
So there’s yet another video that emerged of the man violently dragged off a United Airline flight on Sunday due to overbooking, and it shows that the passenger’s face was covered in his own blood.
I’m just sitting here and writing in shock of the whole thing.
The more the story unfolds, the angrier I get. Is this how they treat every single paying customer nowadays? How many more are NOT documented?
This is NOT normal. At all!
For everybody flying United Airlines, please be safe y’all.
To United Airlines, “F” you! I will NEVER ever personally use their services even if someone to pay me first class airfare to ride them!
The links for my sources are below, I just can’t even put more coherent words to how I feel about all this. It’s sad and very frustrating.
Also on a side note; my heart goes out to the shooting victims in San Bernardino Elementary today as well. I don’t seem to be trying to process just how insane this Monday is right now.
Decided to include an actual lawyer’s perspective on this that I watched on YouTube:
Leonard French (above) analyzes the news and video regarding the matter.
Author: Richard R. for Raccoon TV