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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.

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grrm
Apr. 11th, 2017 08:39 pm (UTC)
Nothing has been hacked.
David F
Apr. 11th, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
More tweets
Tweet more!! Your tweet from this morning is breaking the internet.

We'll get you on instagram and snapchat in no time!
(no subject) - IronEad - Apr. 11th, 2017 10:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
David Levin
Apr. 11th, 2017 11:04 pm (UTC)
That tweet was hilarious.
cyniclclasicist
Apr. 12th, 2017 07:04 am (UTC)
Tweet
That was a fine tweet. Thx for it and I agree with Emmett and Winged Wolf, take as long as is needed.

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