Just Plane Wrong: Uproar Erupts After Passenger Is Knocked Out and Dragged Off United Flight
In the video taken Sunday night, the bloodied passenger, who had apparently been knocked unconscious apparently after his head hit an armrest, is dragged down the aisle.
The passenger was removed just before takeoff from a United flight from Chicago to Louisville to make room for an airline employee.
If this is accurate (doctor, bumping people for employees, unconsciousness, blood, etc.), United is absolutely fucked. Not just the apparent doctor suing them back into bankruptcy.
Everyone else on that plane. Not just the trauma of witnessing that fiasco. Not just the airline-stupity-induced flight delay. Not to mention missed connections.
The exposure to potential bloodborne pathogens.
Across the country, ambulance chasers are lining up to take every passenger’s case on a contigency basis, knowing they’ve already won the lottery.
UPDATE: Oh, this just keeps getting better and better insanely worse for United.
- Reading more reports, it seems the guy was a 69 year old doctor. Which means he probably has plenty of money for the best team of attorneys.
- Normally, law enforcement will send an injured suspect or victim to the hospital to be checked and treated as necessary. They didn’t. Sounds like they dumped him in the terminal, because other passengers say he returned to reboard the plane with everyone else — “dazed, bloodied, kind of in a mess” (concussion from being knocked will do that, you know).
- This incident was at 6PM. The flight United oh-so-generously offered to those bumped was at 3PM the next day. No wonder doc didn’t want to wait.
United could have chartered a frickin’ airplane for their four employees for one hell of lot less than this is going to cost them. And that doesn’t count the lost revenue when people refuse to fly United.*
* Remember that dirty joke?