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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.

Comments

Pep Burillo
Apr. 11th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Carry-on
I actually think it's a good idea to start charging for carry-on bags, as long as checked-in bags are free. Right now people are scrambling to board first because of the shortage of overhead space. And everyone takes forever to get seated because they all are scrambling to get their bags up. If people were charged, they would check in their bags, and the boarding and deplaning processes would be much shorter and faster. And you wouldn't have to stand in line at the gate to board first. You want to have your bag with you, pay for the privilege.

The United behavior is despicable though, no question about that.
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Pep Burillo
Apr. 12th, 2017 11:02 am (UTC)
Re: Carry-on
That would work too, yes. But there are more reasons to check bags in. Not to have to schlep your bags around the terminal all the time (even to the bathroom!) and just relax and have a cup of coffee or go shopping. It's just that people are selfish and don't want to wait at the baggage claim, and airlines have played into this by charging for the checked bags. Time to reverse the trend!

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