Just two weeks after United Airlines came under fire for refusing to let teen girls wearing leggings board a flight, they are once again the targets of online vitriol after a video showing employees dragging a passenger off an overbooked flight went viral.
The video, which was posted to Facebook by passenger Audra D. Bridges, shows three police officers grabbing a passenger from a window seat and dragging him down the aisle of the flight while he screams. The other people on the plane can be heard saying, "Please, my God. What are you doing? No. This is wrong. Oh my God. Look at what you did to him."
Bridges told The Courier-Journal that after passengers boarded the plane at Chicago's O'Hare international Airport, they were told four United employees needed seats. The airline asked for volunteers to fly out on another flight in exchange for a voucher, but no one offered. They then randomly selected four people who would be forced to leave the plane to make room for the employees.
The situation is not being taken lightly by the passengers on the flight and the Internet as a whole.
"Everyone was shocked and appalled," Bridges shared. "There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset."
Hollywood shares in that shock and celebrities are now weighing in on the airline's actions.
After the video above was posted, United's CEO released this statement, "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."
Having flown #united last week, I feel very blessed to not be tweeting this message from a hospital bed.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 10, 2017
Josh Gad's quip had us rolling in stitches, The Beauty and the Beast star did not hold back when letting the Twitterverse know how well his flight on United went. Considering all the backlash Gad's film was receiving over his character which Womanista reported here, we appreciate his great sense of humor.
Flying United? You have to drag me onto the plane.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) April 10, 2017
We love a good pun because, let's be real, if you cannot laugh at situations like this...you might just cry. Twitter user Dan Savage makes quite the savage pun, if you will.
Ironically, not enough seats in the conference room where United is having its crisis meeting.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) April 10, 2017
Uh-oh...who gets dragged out of the conference room at that point? Comedy legend, Jon Lovett, as well as comedians everywhere have been having a field day with the United incident and their tweets are just as hilarious as the late night fodder. But really, who doesn't get a chair in that meeting?!
United: Cops will drag you off.— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) April 10, 2017
Spirit: You have to drag yourself off, but we will punch you in the face.
Nothing like a bit of airline humor to get your day started. If you have not taken a flight on Spirit Airlines, this might be too much of an inside joke for you. The carrier boasts their low fares to certain cities, however, you sacrifice a bit of comfort, technology and don't think snacks or drinks are coming your way. Hopefully service does not actually include a punch in the face - we would prefer a soft drink over that, please.
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