On Sunday, April 9th, a passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight leaving from Chicago to Louisville.
Passengers were told at the gate that the flight was overbooked. United looked for volunteers and offered $400 and a hotel stay. Passengers were able to board the plane, but were later told that 4 of them needed to give up their seats to United employees. After nobody volunteered, the offer was increased to $800, but still, nobody volunteered.
The manager came on board and used a computer to select 4 people that needed to leave. One couple was selected, and they left. Another man was selected, but he refused to leave, saying he was a doctor and needed to get home to see patients. 3 security officers came onboard and forcibly removed the passenger. Take a look.
Woman’s Voice:Can’t the pilots drive to Louisville?
Can’t they rent a car for the pilots and have them drive to Louisville?
Man: Hey, hey, hey, come on!
Woman: NO! NO! What are you doing?
Man: You busted his lip!
Woman: No! This is wrong! Oh my God, look at what you did to him! Oh my God!)
The man was later allowed back on the plane, but was bloody and appeared disoriented. Passengers went back to the gate while a medical crew attended to the passenger and the plane was “tidied up”.
United Airlines released a statement saying they “apologize for the overbook situation, and that further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”