United Airlines Passenger Dragged From Overbooked Flight

United Airlines Passenger Dragged From Overbooked Flight

Mallory Carty

Recently, on April 9 to be exact, United Airlines made headlines. They overbooked a flight in Chicago, and asked four volunteers to step off the flight to make room for their employees that needed to be on the flight. First, they offered a free ticket for a new flight, along with $400, and no one accepted. Then, they offered a free ticket for their new flight, plus $800, and three accepted the offer. The airline still needed one more volunteer to get off, so they decided to volunteer the remaining passenger themselves. They decided on a 69-year-old doctor, who was not happy about the situation. He raised his voice, and police officers standing by decided to take action. He repeatedly declined to leave the flight, even when security came. So, he was forcefully removed. Videos and photos of the poor man being dragged down the aisle and out of the plane circulated around. Now, there are many memes, punchlines, and jokes poking fun at the situation. Some people wonder why the airline had to take such aggressive measures. The flight wasn’t necessarily overbooked, but they needed employees in Louisville the following day. Passengers are curious as to why the airline didn’t just rent a car to make the 300 mile drive.