Disturbing Video: Innocent Doctor Dragged From United Plane After Computer "Solves" Overbooking Problem
A man claiming to be a doctor was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday night after he refused to give up his seat on an overbooked flight, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The video shows the man screaming as he is dragged off the plane by uniformed personnel.
United officials told passengers the plane would not take off until four of its employees, who needed to be in Louisville on Monday morning to service a flight, were seated.
Audra Bridges told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the flight was overbooked and passengers were offered $400 and a free hotel room in exchange for their seat. When no passengers took the offer, the airline doubled the offer to $800.
When no passengers took the $800 offer, the computer randomly selected four passengers to be removed from the flight and placed on a Monday morning flight.
Two passengers gave up their seat without incident before the man, who is shown in the video, was confronted by security.
United confirmed the incident in a series of tweets, but directed questions to law enforcement.
People were unsympathetic with United’s response.