On Sunday, a man was dragged off United Airlines Flight 3411 by police while other passengers looked on in horror and disbelief.
A few passengers recorded the incident.
Here’s a video, in case you missed it:
The man, who we now know is Dr. David Dao, was forcibly removed from the plane because United Airlines overbooked the flight…sort of. Four United employees needed to get back to Louisville (which is about a 4 hour drive from Chicago). When none of the passengers voluntarily gave up their seats, United took action.
The video went viral, and oh, the internet responded in a glorious way.
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BEST Greyhound Bus ad of all time.
✈️ “United” pic.twitter.com/nvYX6b7Ut2
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On Monday, the airline defended its actions and seemed to blame Dao for the incident, calling the man “disruptive and belligerent” in a statement.
That annoyed people – understandably.
But later in the day, CEO Oscar Munoz doubled down with another statement, saying:
“This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened.”
As you can imagine, this really did not go over well with the public.
The word “re-accommodate” in Munoz’s “apology” stuck out more than the rest for some.
— Squelephant (@jonpalin) April 10, 2017
— Agustin (@m4rgin4l) April 10, 2017
— Matthew Lambert (@matthewmlambert) April 10, 2017
@united You really call that re-accommodating a customer? Wow..hope I never get re-accommodated on a United flight
— Alfie Deyes (@PointlessBlog) April 10, 2017
— Jesse Modz (@jessemodz) April 11, 2017
— Lena West (@lenawest) April 11, 2017
@united “re-accommodate” is a masterpiece of an euphemism for “beat the shit out of paying customer for no reason”
— Dave Kushner (@DAVEKUSH) April 11, 2017
UNITED: you may be asked to vacate or be taken off the plane by force
UNITED: but for $49.99 you can upgrade to trial by combat
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) April 10, 2017
Wow now is not the time United pic.twitter.com/VzCoL30xZA
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) April 10, 2017
UNITED: Leggings are a breach of decorum.
ALSO UNITED: We will beat you and drag you from the plane if we want your seat for our employee.
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) April 10, 2017
#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos “Would you like a window, aisle or ringside seat?”
— Col. Mortimer (@amysteron) April 11, 2017
— Zachary Jaydon (@ZacharyJaydon) April 11, 2017
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 10, 2017
Competing airlines are probably really enjoying this.
— Jordan (@jordansammy) April 11, 2017
— Xing Ma (@Lightning_Ink) April 11, 2017
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) April 11, 2017
And the hits just keep coming…
Huh, never noticed these options on the United website until this morning pic.twitter.com/cP8LpIFEP1
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) April 10, 2017
And, for the finale, Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious monologue and United Airlines “commercial”:
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