Witnesses say passengers had already boarded on Sunday evening at O’Hare International Airport when United asked for volunteers to take another flight the next day to make room for four United staff members who needed seats.
The airline offered $400 and a free hotel, passenger Audra D. Bridges told the Louisville Courier-Journal. When no one volunteered, the offer was doubled to $800. When there were still no bites, the airline selected four passengers to leave the flight — including the man in the video and his wife.
“They told him he had been selected randomly to be taken off the flight,” Bridges said on Facebook. She said there was no incident involving the man until he was told to give up his seat.
The man said he was a doctor, and that he “needed to work at the hospital the next day,” passenger Jayse Anspach said on Twitter.