Another day, another f'-ed up story about an airline mishandling a tense situation.
This footage posted to social media depicts a man being forcibly dragged from a United aircraft after the airline accidently overbooked the flight. Just a warning, the video is pretty disturbing.
According to NJ.com, United needed four passengers to forfeit their seats on the overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville. Two passengers left the aircraft voluntarily, but the other two were randomly selected via computer. The man in the video above was selected but refused to leave the plane, telling security that he is a doctor and needed to see patients first thing in the morning. Law enforcement was called and the man was violently dragged from the aircraft as horrified passengers looked on.
NJ.com claims that the man was eventually allowed to re-board and the flight took off over two hours behind schedule.
United released this statement following the disturbing incident:
Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.
In March, United caused controversy by refusing to allow three young girls who held vouchers to board a flight because they were wearing leggings, an article of clothing that violates the company's dress code. We have a feeling that this particular situation is going to be a bit harder to explain.