Not all bad publicity is good publicity… just ask United Airlines.
The $22 billion-dollar company was blasted on social media after video surfaced of a passenger who was physically dragged off a plane because it was overbooked. One of the security officers involved in the incident was placed on leave.
Witnesses on United Flight 3411 said the airline asked for volunteers to leave because additional flight crew needed to get to Louisville.
The man — who ended up being dragged off the plane after getting knocked out and bleeding from his mouth — told the staff that he was a doctor and had to return home to his patients.
But they didn’t care. It’s the second time in less than a month that United was criticized for its treatment of passengers.
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
Here’s how social media reacted to the news in what’s become an absolute public relations nightmare for United Airlines.
United Airlines is pleased to announce new seating on all domestic flights- in addition to United First and Economy Plus we introduce…. pic.twitter.com/KQjPClU2d2
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) April 10, 2017
— CeejTankGaming (@CeejTankGaming) April 10, 2017
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) April 10, 2017
If I was booked on a @united flight, I'd drag myself off.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 10, 2017
— Ibnul Jaif Farabi (@i_am_farabi) April 11, 2017
United airlines announces revolutionary new pricing model. You can have any seat you're man enough to grab and fight for… pic.twitter.com/j95h4rN9tx
— Walter Cronkite (@CronkiteSays) April 10, 2017
New photo of United Airlines asking for volunteers to deplane pic.twitter.com/C0lFRgjf4o
— Give Me Internet (@GiveMeInternet) April 10, 2017
— Pinky Slivotitz™❄ (@ACreativeMuggle) April 10, 2017
— Kiran Kumar 🤓 (@kiransvw) April 10, 2017
United Airlines re-accommodating. pic.twitter.com/atDN6Heoyb
— Writer Louis Leung (@ricedaddy7) April 11, 2017
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) April 11, 2017