A man was violently dragged off of a United Airlines flight Sunday evening after it was apparently overbooked, according to passengers who were on the plane.
Passengers were told at the gate that the flight was overbooked and United, offering $400 and a hotel stay, was looking for one volunteer to take another flight to Louisville at 3 p.m. Monday. Passengers were allowed to board the flight, [passenger Augrey D.] Bridges said, and once the flight was filled those on the plane were told that four people needed to give up their seats to stand-by United employees that needed to be in Louisville on Monday for a flight. Passengers were told that the flight would not take off until the United crew had seats, Bridges said, and the offer was increased to $800, but no one volunteered.
Then, she said, a manager came aboard the plane and said a computer would select four people to be taken off the flight. One couple was selected first and left the airplane, she said, before the man in the video was confronted.
Bridges said the man became “very upset” and said that he was a doctor who needed to see patients at a hospital in the morning. The manager told him that security would be called if he did not leave willingly, Bridges said, and the man said he was calling his lawyer. One security official came and spoke with him, and then another security officer came when he still refused. Then, she said, a third security official came on the plane and threw the passenger against the armrest before dragging him out of the plane.
“Everyone was shocked and appalled,” Bridges said. “There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset.”
The whole premise behind the Trump presidency is action. If there’s a problem, you do something, anything, to solve it. Rather than coming up with a more attractive offer to get one passenger off of the plane, consequences will occur if people aren’t compliant with one’s policies.
Here is the problem with “tough guys” making taking these type of actions. People don’t resent them, they hate them. They become furious. The “tough guy”‘s actions become the very template for the responses they receive.
Meanwhile, the response has been swift.
Look on the bright side, United Airlines. After this incident, you'll never have to worry about a flight being overbooked again.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) April 10, 2017
— Santorini Grease (@AdrianNeenan) April 10, 2017
Somewhere on Cable News: "Last night, United Airlines became Presidential."
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) April 10, 2017
— Stephen Sajdak (@stephensajdak) April 10, 2017
At least there’s a slight chance United will respond to this nightmare of public relations nightmares. I don’t know if the same can be said about Trump, who appears to sleep with a molotov cocktail and a box of matches on his nighstand. I’ll get to that clown later.
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Source: A Simple Fool