A recent video portraying a man that was violently taken from his seat on a United Airlines domestic flight provoked massive public outcries all over social media.
The footage that was taken from within the airliner features a passenger being violently dragged from his seat and pulled down the airplane’s aisle as passengers looked on in complete shock and horror. The flight was preparing to depart from Chicago to Kentucky Sunday evening.
The airline, United, which has seen its fair share of controversy in recent years, acknowledged that the only “crime” the man committed was not voluntarily leaving the flight that the airlines overbooked.
One clip of about 50 seconds appeared on Twitter and was shared 16,000 times in one day.
Jayse D Anspach, the passenger who uploaded the footage, said in the tweet: “#United overbooked and wanted four of us to volunteer to give up our seats for personnel that needed to be at work the next day.”
“No one volunteered, so United decided to choose for us. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.”
“The doctor needed to work at the hospital the next day, so he refused to volunteer,” added Anspach.
“Ten minutes later, the doctor runs back into the plane with a bloody face, clings to a post in the back, chanting, ‘I need to go home.’”
A different passenger, Audra D. Bridges, also posted a clip from the incident on her Facebook page, and it was viewerd more than 400,000 times. She wrote: “Please share this video. We are on this flight. United airlines overbooked the flight.”
“They randomly selected people to kick off so their standby crew could have a seat.
“This man is a doctor and has to be at the hospital in the morning,” mentioned Bridges.
“He did not want to get off. We are all shaky and so disgusted.”
Response: ‘I won’t fly United ever again’
Thousands comments on Facebook were posted regarding the horrifying incident.
One individual said: “This is infuriating”
In a recent statement from United airlines, they said to the BBC: “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked.”
“After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” they added.