@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
Courtesy of Raw Story:To repeat, United stmt. to NBC News confirms the flight was overbooked & the passenger refused to leave. Doesn't explain that kind of force. pic.twitter.com/uMeEkrmeOH— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 10, 2017
United Airlines is coming under heavy criticism after it had security officers forcibly remove a passenger from an overbooked flight.
A series of videos posted on social media show security officers asking a passenger who was on a Sunday United flight from Chicago to Louisville to leave the plane.
When the man refused, the officers reached in and did something to cause the man to shout out in pain. Afterward, the officers dragged the man off the plane as horrified passengers yelled that there was no need to resort to such force.
In a statement provided to NBC News, United explained that the plane’s crew initially looked for people to leave the flight voluntarily because the flight had been overbooked. When no one volunteered, they chose a passenger to be removed, and he refused to cooperate, which forced the crew to call law enforcement officials.
The airline apologized for overbooking the flight but did not apologize for having security drag the passenger off the plane.
The man claimed to be a doctor who had to see patients in the morning as his reason for refusing to leave the aircraft, and really who can blame him for refusing?
Ultimately it seems that the man returned to the plane looking disoriented and with a bloody face, which really makes no sense whatsoever.
I have to admit that currently I have no interest in flying anywhere with the TSA acting like the Gestapo and demanding that people give up their laptop and cell phone passwords.
But once I do decide to fly again you can bet it will NOT be on United Airlines.