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Shame On You, United

I don't often comment on current events, but the story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight -- for no reason but to accomodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he'd bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat -- has me seeing red.

Jimmy Kimmel said it better than I could.

I stand with Jimmy, with Alan Grayson, and with millions of other ordinary Americans from coast to coast who were outraged by these videos, and by the mealy-mouthed corporate bullshit the United's CEO chose to offer afterwards.

One point Jimmy did not raise: in what world does an airline employee's need to get to his next flight take precedence over a doctor's need to return to his hospital?

The "police" who dragged the man off the plane and beat him do not deserve the name of police officers, and should be fired immediately. "They were just following orders" is no excuse.

The United CEO should also resign. He's a disgrace.

I am old enough to remember when airlines were regulated, and passengers had rights. But we deregulated the airlines, and now passengers are cattle. The present rule seems to be just what Kimmel says: do what we say, or else. You may have given us your money, but we owe you nothing.

And here's the cherry for your (bloody) sundae: United has also announced plans to begin charging passengers for carry-on luggage.


Alan Dants
Apr. 11th, 2017 07:34 pm (UTC)
Agree 100%
Not to mention it's a Federal offense to disobey a flight attendant- the airlines have way too much power! This is disgraceful on every level. They are going to lose a ton of business over this and I sincerely hope this gentleman sues the blazes out of them. The idea to pick random people to have to give up their seats is absolutely stupid, who thought of such nonsense? Announce it over the loudspeaker and the compensation involved, and those who wish to make a few bucks, and are not in a hurry will gladly volunteer. Problem solved. Random people chosen? What a joke. Just goes to show also how much the CEO is detached from reality and has no moral compass.
Apr. 12th, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree 100%
It's actually not random in this case. The airline chose people who got on using cheaper tickets.
Alan Dants
Apr. 15th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Agree 100%
Being United, that figures. It was reported on numerous outlets it was a random selection though.


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