Unbelievable. Doctor forcibly Removed From Overbooked Flight, Bleeding And Unconscious

Police State: Passenger Forcibly Removed From Seat Of Overbooked United Airlines Flight

United Airlines: Passenger forcibly removed from flight

  • 9 hours ago

Videos showing a man being violently removed from a United Airlines flight have provoked an outcry on social media.

The footage taken inside the airliner shows a man being violently pulled out of his seat and dragged down the aisle as passengers prepared to take off from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday evening.

The airline in question – United – has tweeted an apology for what happened and says it is investigating.

One 50-second clip of the incident on Twitter was re-tweeted 16,000 times since it was posted that day.

Jayse D Anspach, who posted the footage, tweeted: “#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,” Mr Anspach added.

“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.”

United Airlines incident: What went wrong?

One of the three security officers involved has been “placed on leave”, the Chicago Department of Aviation said, and his actions were “obviously not condoned by the Department”.

The department also said it would carry out a review into the incident, which it said was “not in accordance with our standard operating procedure”.

Another passenger Audra D. Bridges, posted a video of the incident on Facebook that has been viewed over 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,” she added.

“He did not want to get off. We are all shaky and so disgusted.”

Man being shown pulled out of his seatImage copyright Tyler Bridges/Twitter Image caption The man who is believed to be a doctor is dragged out of his seat by flight security

Thousands of Facebook comments have been posted about what happened.

One person wrote: “This is infuriating”

Another posted: “OMG So sad to see someone being treated like this. I wont fly United ever again.”

But another felt the video raised some unanswered questions.

“There has to be more to this story,” he said.

“Usually when a flight is overbooked they offer free flight vouchers to those willing to change flights or go on standby and a couple of people will jump at those as their travel plans may be flexible.”

“I feel like this specific incident HAS to be deeper than what we are seeing in this video,” he added.

In a statement United airlines told 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,” the airline added.

The chief executive of United, Oscar Munoz, has since made a statement on Twitter: “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologise for having to re-accommodate these customers.”

“Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened.

“We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve the situation,” he added.

By Rozina Sini, BBC’s UGC and Social News team

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VERY foolish of United.  I'll bet they have lost thousands of potential customers - they deserve to.  I thought buying a ticket was a contract - seems not.  It sure has become a police state.

When I saw this title come up on a feed, I thought it was some bad joke or at least that a passenger was offensive or dangerous to other passengers.
I can not fathom the way humanity is allowing itself to be herded, nor why just a couple of people protested the way this gentleman was handled. Blood running out of his mouth, clothes stretched as this mans body is dragged unceremoniously across the floor of an aircraft! His crime nothing more than wanting to take his journey in peace - work to do. The people around him watch in fear or apathy, shocked?

That same Airline is compliant in the spraying program. Polluter of our skies is just ONE of their crimes... don't start me

Treated like a criminal for a bookings procedural deficiency by the airline?

1. United should take out a full page media advertisement stating an unreserved apology.

2. United should offer lifetime travel with United airlines FREE OF CHARGE not that United will be asked to redeem the value of such an offer, as the passenger is unlikely to wish to EVER fly with United again.

3.  At seeing this abuse, ALL PASSENGERS should have united and walked off the plane in disgust, grounding it entirely, and demanding that management sufficiently address the problem before considering to reboard the flight.

WHY are people so selfish that they would watch and film in their ivory tower disgust the abuse taking place within meters of their seats, rather than showing complete solidarity with the unlucky passenger who was picked on?  I find it incredible that people are unwilling to sacrifice personal needs or comforts for the good of all.  This is truly scarey in what it reveals about people.  Who CARES how many tweets are made in reaction???  How does that create a cohesive society?  It does nothing of any value at all unless it creates a determination to not let such things happen!

Thankyou Louise so true, what happened to helping out with whats in front of you?

People have been molded into herd mentality so they do nothing. This is programming in action.

I've been on the receiving end of injustice while people stood by and did nothing, a very scary reality. People are too scared of authority, its why we are right here right now in at this point in this world... the few dictate to the many.

Time to wake up and break down the cage?

Thanks cats pajamas.

United Airlines my donkey's behind! More like Dystopian Un-United Airlines.

Did we just fall out of a time machine from 1943? Such was the obdurance of idylic-living families of Bergen, Germany in 1943, just down the road from the Belsen concentration camp. Ash falling on their picnic rugs;

Or out of a dystopian movie screen to now walk in the Hunger Games - live! Synopsis:

In Panem, once North America, districts are controlled by forcing them to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, (read: virginal Gladiators) to compete in a nationally televised event that every citizen must watch. The youths fight to the death until only one remains in an arena where the they must weigh survival against love...Ed

Such a disgusting and demoralizing proposal.  I will never watch it...Not even curious.

Don't Fly DisUnity Airlines!

Their motto used to be "Fly the friendly skies of United". 

Now it's "Fly the Controlling Skies of United.  Do as you're told or else..."

Always ready the legaleze fine print, nobody does and the airline company is within it's rights to do so as you agree to the possibility of this happening when you agree to the Ts and Cs.

Worth looking again.

Intersting Nym, my first thoughts was that it could be a set up and a perfect way to create a kneejerk reaction. 

I'm careful with this stuff though.. horrible to mix up a real event with a staged one. In difficult situations people sometimes freeze or act strange. I've seen uninformed You Tubers put peoples odd reactions down to crisis acting, when they don't know anything about human behaviour.

Apparently the airline has now tried to dig up the dirt on the passenger, something about a crime he commited some time back. Which does not in any way exonorate United as the passenger was selected at random by computer.


How anyone can actually believe a business the size of United Airlines made a booking error, then dragged a man - a seated man - from his seat in full view of everyone is beyond me. Just wouldn't happen. And if true, how many will stop flying UA in protest? Not many if any - and thats exactly what a zombie is.

From limbic to logic. A good job by Richie.


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