This is certainly not going to help with the negative perception many have of airlines.
A man was violently dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville late Sunday after refusing to disembark.
And in the age of smart phones, all the world was a witness:
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@United overbook #flight3411 and decided to force random passengers off the plane. Here's how they did it: pic.twitter.com/QfefM8X2cW
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
Social media user Tyler Bridges identified the man being dragged down the aisle as “a doctor trying to get to work.”
@united @FoxNews @CNN not a good way to treat a Doctor trying to get to work because they overbooked pic.twitter.com/sj9oHk94Ik
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
#flythefriendlyskies my husband was on that flight. Screw you United!! @united pic.twitter.com/4EcxrMy5jZ
— Kaylyn Davis (@kaylyn_davis) April 10, 2017
A passenger said that after passengers had boarded, they were told that four people would need to give up there seats to four stand-by United employees who needed to be in Louisville on Monday for a flight, 10 News WTSP reported.
After no one volunteered, a computer was used to randomly select four people, with an unlucky couple being tagged first. They left the aircraft and then the man said to be a doctor was selected, and he had no intentions of giving up his seat
…until “persuaded” by security personnel.
A United spokesperson confirmed in a statement that a passenger had been taken off the flight.
“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked,” the spokesperson said. “After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.
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“We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”
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