Airline violently drags doctor off plane after overbooking – VIDEO
A disturbing video that was posted on social media on Monday show’s a man being violently dragged off an airplane after the airline overbooked.
The video clip shows the man screaming as security personnel pry him out of his chair, causing his head to bash against an armrest. He’s then dragged down the aisle on his back as horrified witnesses film on their phones and scream out in disgust.
Footage of the incident was shared widely on social media and has prompted outrage. The flight was from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville in the United States
The man, who said he was a doctor and needed to get home to treat patients the next day, was filmed with blood flowing down his chin afterwards, saying: “I want to go home, I want to go home.”
United Airline has been the butt of a backlash from passengers, with many people threatening to boycott.
In a letter to employees, United Airlines’ parent company chief executive Oscar Munoz revealed the company had been trying to make room for four employees of a partner airline, which resulted in four passengers being told to get off the flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville.
The airline had at first asked for volunteers to give up their seats for the airline staff, offering Sh40,000 ($400). When no one came forward, the offer was increased to Sh80,000 ($800) per passenger.
When no one agreed to leave the flight, United selected four passengers at random.
Three got off, but the fourth refused, saying he had patients he needed to treat.
Three city aviation department security officers got on the plane and, after two officers tried to reason with the man, a third pointed at him “basically saying, ‘Sir, you have to get off the plane,”’ said a passenger, who posted the video on Facebook.
One of the security officers could be seen grabbing the screaming man from his window seat, across the armrest and dragging him down the aisle by his arms.
Other passengers on the flight can be heard saying, “Please, my God,” ”What are you doing?“ ”This is wrong,” “Look at what you did to him” and “Busted his lip.”
The company CEO also released a statement on Twitter apologizing for having to “re-accommodate these customers.”