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The first rule is: we do not talk about Flight Club

Posted on April 10th, 2017 at 19:36 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


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.

  1. This article from Bloomberg is eerily prescient:

  2. Why would an airline forcibly remove anyone? Isn’t that against the law? Of course, they could have just shot him if it was in Florida.

  3. @Will — nope it was in Chicago where I think the poor Dr. came close checking out. Chicago police — “no lives matter.” HHmmm I see…not much difference from Florida –disregard comment.

  4. United claimed the flight was overbooked. It was not. It was full but they needed four seats for employees. Airlines can deny boarding in overbooked situations, however, the rules for seated passengers are different. The conditions that allow the removal of a seated passenger do not include “overbooking”. This passenger, who was unlawfully removed from the plane, and assaulted, will be living in a much nicer house soon.

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