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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 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
They were airport cops. Not Chicago PD, but not TSA either.

And I don't care if they were members of the Night's Watch, they should be fired. Especially the one who did the dragging.
Gregory Hullender
Apr. 11th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
Uh, you should know better than I, but I didn't think it was possible to get fired from the Night's Watch. :-)
Apr. 11th, 2017 10:40 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Not cops, security guards.
Check with Janos Slynt on that.
Sean T. King
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
Apr. 12th, 2017 04:16 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Not cops, security guards.
Would that I could. However, Ser(for whatever breif moment of time that he was a knight) Janos Slynt seems to have lost his mind head.
Apr. 12th, 2017 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
Well, the Night's Watch "fires" people in their own - let's say - final way...

But to come back to United: I was very shocked to see how this man was treated. Luckily, nowadays, people are able to film and therefore prove it.
Apr. 12th, 2017 09:08 am (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
Fire that Commander in Tweet while we're at it.
Apr. 12th, 2017 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: Re: Not cops, security guards.
George, you are awesome. Jus' sayin'.
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: Not cops, security guards.
So that's correct, it was Chicago Aviation Security, but weirdly the Chicago Police Department (totally separate) elected to issue a premature statement basically saying the guy "fell" and got hurt. Thanks to the video, we can all see with our own eyes this is a fiction. (Not good fiction like you write, sir.) This statement hasn't caused nearly enough outrage. It's clear their knee-jerk reaction is to shift blame onto the victim of police violence.



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