A doctor was literally and forcibly dragged off a United Express flight yesterday for refusing to give up his seat on an oversold flight.
United 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was oversold and in need of four volunteers. United offered $400 plus a hotel voucher, but there were no takers. United upped the offer to $800. Still no takers. So a manager entered the plane and said her computer would choose four passengers to be involuntarily denied boarding.
The first two passengers complied, but the third resisted:
The man became “very upset” and said that he was a doctor who needed to see patients at a hospital in the morning. The manager told him that security would be called if he did not leave willingly…and the man said he was calling his lawyer. One security official came and spoke with him, and then another security officer came when he still refused. Then, she said, a third security official came on the plane and threw the passenger against the armrest before dragging him out of the plane.
Then he was dragged off. In the video below, it appears he was thrown against the seat across the aisle which left him bloodied as he was dragged down the aisle.
More details here.
Here’s videos from three different angles–
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 10, 2017
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
I’ll add my commentary on this incident shortly, but color me saddened, but not surprised.