WATCH: “I’m A Doctor!” – Passenger Brutally Pulled Off Overbooked United Airlines Flight
United Airlines is under fire after a video showed a passenger being beaten and dragged off an overbooked flight to make room for airline staff. The New York Daily News reports that the violent incident occurred Sunday evening after no passengers could be talked into giving up their seats on the overbooked plane. (Watch the VIDEO below.)
“After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” a spokesperson for United said in a statement. The man reportedly said he was a doctor on his way from Chicago’s O’Hare International to see patients in Louisville at a hospital the next morning.
Passengers were reportedly offered as much as $800 and a hotel stay to give up their seats to United employees who need to be in Louisville Monday for a flight. When no one budged, it was announced that passengers would be randomly selected for removal.
According to Audra Bridges, a passenger on the flight, three security officers approached the man before tearing him out of his seat, his head connecting with an armrest before they would drag him down the aisle in front of screaming passengers.
“Everyone was shocked and appalled,” said Bridges. “There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset.” The man, disoriented and bleeding, was apparently allowed back on the plane and received medical attention.
The entire flight had to then exit back into the terminal so officials could “tidy up.” The incident comes two weeks after a social media firestorm in response to the airline barring two girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings.
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