ON THAT UNITED AIRLINES FLAP

I’m tired of hearing about it and, personally, think United fucked up in a major way.

The question now is not if they’ll pay but how many millions they will pay.

So go on and vent in the comments.

An airport cop who body-slammed a United passenger and dragged him off an overbooked flight was put on leave today – as his bosses condemned his actions amid mounting outrage over video of the incident.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said it ‘obviously’ did not condone the behavior of the security officer who was filmed slamming the man into an arm rest, knocking him unconscious and dragging him away by his arms as he bled from the mouth at O’Hare.

United is facing growing anger after they selected the 69-year-old man – who claimed to be a doctor – to be bumped from the overbooked flight to Louisville to make room for its staff on Sunday night.

The airline’s CEO apologized today even as new video emerged of the man, who had refused to leave the flight, bleeding heavily from the mouth and mumbling about suicide in the aftermath of his brutal treatment.

In the clip, the dazed man chants ‘just kill me, just kill me’ as blood pours from his mouth.

It seems to have been filmed after another clip that shows the victim somehow broke free from the airport cops and ran back onto the plane chanting ‘I need to go home, I need to go home.’

In his apology, United CEO Oscar Munoz said today: ‘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.’

The aviation department released a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times, which read: ‘The incident on United flight 3411 was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned by the Department.

‘That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a thorough review of the situation.’

Aviation department security officers are responsible for policing inside the security cordon at O’Hare.

The Chicago Police department, which operates separately, had earlier risked controversy by claiming that the man ‘fell’ into the armrest.

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5 Responses to ON THAT UNITED AIRLINES FLAP

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    I’ve flown Continental in the past many time both domestic and international and had no problems. Shortly after United and continental merged it appeared the service was headed South. The former continental cabin crews were pissed since it seems they were going to lose some seniority and benefits. I don’t fly anymore due to age and lack of funds so it means little to me.

    However, another decline in the airline service was the carriers move to shift from “elite fliers” to the hoards of Neanderthal public. As a youth in the 1950’s my father was a Pan Am employee. We flew a lot and the planes were mostly filled with conservative businessmen and professionals sometimes accompanied by their spouses. Kids were rare. My sister and I were the exception. Men wore suits and women dresses, hat and white gloves. Meals were served on China and with silverware. “Overbooking” did not occur, jet-ways hadn’t been invented and there were no TSA gestapo. Your family and friends could accompany you almost to the stairway leading to the plane’s door. That’s the was it should be today. Fuck the low class turds, screaming brats and shithead, smelly drunks. Let those unwashed peasants take the Greyhound like they did in the past. Flying should be for the elite.

  2. Eskyman says:

    Oh, don’t worry. Everything will be all right.

    I know this, because the CEO of United said, “Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities.” Now isn’t that reassuring? Nothing like a sense of urgency to hustle things along. He’ll work with the “authorities” who supplied the enforcers! Next he’ll get those enforcers to tone down their approach (prospective customers aren’t supposed to see blood.) Today’s thugs just aren’t as discreet as those depicted in that documentary about Tony Soprano, a fact that is sadly apparent in Chicago.

    Oddly, I’ve never heard of anyone being beaten up for not leaving their reserved, paid for and occupied seat on Qantas. Maybe this wonderful new customer reach-out-and-batter hasn’t made its way Down Under yet!

  3. Bogside once again you are bang on the money. As a kid my aunt paid for us to fly to the US with TWA. This was in the early 70’s when transatlantic flights cost big money. Aside from nearly dying from passive smoking the flight was extremely civiilised. Nowadays when all the poor people can afford it there is no thrill to flying. These peasants think nothing of bringing their screaming kids along to bawl for 8hrs. Its miserable. Then thanks to the muzztards wanting to kill us infidels we have to endure rub down searches and all that garbage. I flew United and TWA in the 90’s to the US and they were not pleasant experiences. In years past the trolly dollies when they reached a certain age would be re-employed in duty free shops. Now thanks to equal opportunities the cabin staff are more likely to be old boilers or fags. I hope this guy takes United to the cleaners. I doubt it will bankrupt them, but this kind of publicity could send them under.

  4. dekare says:

    So, getting your ass kicked by the police is no longer called brutality….it’s now called “re-accommodating”. You better listen to the police, or they will be forced to re-accommodate you.

    So apparently, anything over $800 and United deems it cheaper to kick your ass off the plane. This guy didn’t volunteer, he was volun-told. Hey, I don’t give a crap how bad airlines whine, they are making buttload of money hand over fist. It’s about supply and demand. Keep raising the price and eventually enough people will volunteer to give up their seats. Maybe if they upped it to a thousand bucks, or maybe first class seats on the next flight home would have done it. But United used a form of eminent domain, and had the govt force you to move as opposed to paying you your price that you value your seat at. I don’t agree with eminent domain for private business and just as this man bought his seat, United had no right to take it from him because they decided that his seat would be better used by someone else for higher profit for United. If the seat is worth more money to United than they should have simply kept upping the bid until they had enough takers. The end result would have been a drop in the bucket compared to what this horrible decision will cost them. Any lawyer who is lucky enough to have this guy walk into his office just won the lottery.

  5. Not to mention the so-called ‘doctor’ is Teh Ghey!

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