Unintentional irony in the news reporting racket

Dig it…

One of the officers who dragged a passenger off a United Airlines flight did not follow standard operating procedures and has been placed on leave, according to the Chicago Aviation Department.

So…two of the three ‘officers’ who assaulted a paying customer and dragged him bleeding and screaming from an airliner for the crime of refusing to ‘voluntarily’ give up his seat on an overbooked plane were following standard operating procedures. That’s useful news right there.

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8 Responses to Unintentional irony in the news reporting racket

  1. Judy says:

    I sincerely hope the individual who was assaulted ends up owning United. What was done is unconscionable.

    Your bad business practices is no excuse for assaulting or removing a paying customer. The crew can stand or cut the crew by however many seats they were short. Or, here’s a novel thought…don’t over-book the seats. You have two hundred seats, you need 10 seats for crew, the math says you only book 190 seats. It ain’t Rocket Science folks, if an uneducated hick from Kansas can figure it out…

  2. Zelda says:

    What Judy said. Especially about the passenger owning United. I look forward to seeing the announcement that they’ve filed for bankruptcy to compensate him. Amazing story.

  3. MJR says:

    I would highly suspect at the United Airlines HQ the lights will be burning late tonight. While it states on the ticket “Times shown in timetables or elsewhere are not guaranteed and form no part of this contract. Schedules are subject to change without notice.” this doesn’t give them the right to assault a passenger. I’m sure this little debacle will see a few people get shown the door for unpaid vacations or worse. I also think in the near future there will be a serious seat sale to regain lost sales because of this. As for the guy who was assaulted this would be like winning a lottery.

  4. MamaLiberty says:

    I can understand a little “overbooking” to cover some no-shows. But whoever gets their FIRST should have the seat. Don’t board the extras, and give them some decent incentive to take standby for the next flight. Not that this is ideal, but it could be done rationally. Assault and battery are not logical parts of it, of course.

  5. MamaLiberty says:

    NOT “their” — there! AGGGGH Wish there was a way to edit posts here. :(

  6. MJR says:

    ML one of the reasons I totally hate to fly these days is, aside from the TSA goons, the amount of rights the air carriers have verses the total lack of rights a traveler has.Take a look at the Contract of Carriage you enter into when you book a flight. A fair paying passenger has about the same rights as cattle do in the back of a truck. Just having the ticket doesn’t mean you get to fly, it means they will get you on the flight you booked or the next one that’s available and this is total BS.


  7. Kentucky says:

    The details keep changing, of course, but nothing justifies that “extraction”.

  8. vorkosigan says:

    United….United breaks guitars, and now, apparently faces.

To the stake with the heretic!