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These Videos Show A Passenger Being Forcibly Dragged Off An Overbooked Flight

Katie Cannon April 10, 2017 April 11th, 2017

Some of us have a fear of flying. The knowledge of being miles and miles above the ground, the potential falling and fiery crashing from said miles above the ground–it’s enough to make you want to take advantage of a boozy beverage cart.

But for this passenger on an United Airlines flight, the greatest danger befell him before the plane ever left the ground.

Apparently, the United flight had been overbooked–or rather, several flight attendants who needed to catch a connection elsewhere required some of the passenger’s prebooked seats. At first, the airline asked for volunteers to leave the flight, with the incentive of $400 and free night in a hotel. When no one took the bait, they upped the ante–$800. Still, no volunteers came forward. So they randomly selected a passenger and his wife to be removed from the flight.

The unfortunate passenger in question refused to disembark; he was a doctor, he said, and he needed to be home to attend to patients the next day. When plane staff couldn’t convince him to leave, they called the airport police.

Then things got violent.

The 69-year-old man was forcibly grabbed out of his seat, screaming, while the other passengers looked on in horror, pleading with the officers to stop.

When they eventually subdued him, some witnesses said it looked like he might be “knocked out;” he was listless as they dragged him by the arms down the aisle, his glasses askew and mouth bleeding, his shirt shoved above his stomach.

Please share this video. We are on this flight. United airlines overbooked the flight. They randomly selected people to kick off so their standby crew could have a seat. This man is a doctor and has to be at the hospital in the morning. He did not want to get off. We are all shaky and so disgusted. #unitedairways

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But the assault didn’t end there; when the man rushed back onto the plane 10 minutes later, his face was covered in even more blood. He was clearly traumatized, repeating over and over again “I have to go home.”

After the man was finally removed  again, the entire plane was asked to deboard so they could clean up the passenger’s blood. Afterwards, they reboarded and took off, two hours later than originally scheduled.

United Continental CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement: “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.”

Re-accommodate. Right.

Via NPR, Raw Story, NBC

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