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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.


Apr. 11th, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
just following orders in war vs. police...
Amazing you posted about this, as I was just writing last nightt about your seeming agonizing over "following orders" in ASOIAF, as embodied by what's going to face Dunk-analogue Lothor Brune vis-a-vis Littlefinger's orders. See: Brune-Roland Crakehall parallel vis Crakehall's namesake/Brune's nemesis R. Waynwood. Crakehall seems a "good man", but he fights as ordered for Aerion in tHK, then in tMK comments that rebel knights and men-at-arms are in general "only following their liege lords" and not culpable for rebellion. Even Dunk minimizes Eustace's "collateral damage" but still fights for him.

Do you see following orders re: war as different than police work?

(To be clear: ACAB.)
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:56 am (UTC)
RE: just following orders in war vs. police...
Sure it's different we live in the 21st centurey not Medieval-inspired Westeros.


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