The humanoid overlords at United Airlines seem to be taking their cue from Republicans in Congress: Get what you want, then issue a non-apology if necessary.
Late Sunday night, a crew on a flight from Chicago to Louisville discovered that the plane was overbooked and that four United employees needed to be on it for another flight out of Louisville the next day. They did what you might expect — they asked for volunteers to give up their seats and offered cash and hotel accommodations in return. When nobody volunteered, they upped the ante on the cash. When even that failed, they called the police to remove passengers selected at random. Because, you know, enforcing the wishes of an airline is the cops’ job and everything.
United Airlines overbooked then picked a random passenger to force off the plane… this is terrifying pic.twitter.com/ftZNti1Fl7
— ryan (@scarypotato69) April 10, 2017
As you can see, the man the police dragged from the plane was bleeding from his mouth. He had identified himself as a doctor who needed to see patients the next morning, but the computer algorithm that chose him for removal apparently didn’t account for reason. He became simply a seat on the airplane.
Somehow, the man who was removed was able to get back on the plane, and appeared disoriented as he ran to the back of the aircraft:
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 10, 2017
The man was not on the flight when it departed for Louisville.
Only two weeks have passed since United Airlines was embroiled in another disgraceful affair involving the removal of two teen girls wearing leggings from a Denver flight. As with that infamous incident, social media was quick to shame United for their horrible management:
— Steve (@Sykotik_Dreams) April 10, 2017
World: Well, that Pepsi thing is probably the worst PR disaster of the year.
United Airlines: Hold my beer.
— Ben Rathe (@benrathe) April 10, 2017
Some users even pointed out United’s hypocrisy, having claimed previously that they had no authority to remove passengers in these cases:
— Yapings (@yapings) April 10, 2017
United has finally issued a statement on the debacle:
United Airlines CEO has released an apology statement after video shows man being dragged off flight pic.twitter.com/l8BCQMvqJZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 10, 2017
It appears United Airlines is on track to solve their own overbooking issue.
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