The problem is that people are constantly overreacting to everything that happens to them. It is a good thing it was filmed so there is evidence of what happened. People were yelling at the cops to stop but to physically intervene would have meant to be hurt too. The victim behaved badly too. United provides lots of jobs so it would be bad if they went under. Also it was one of their small partners that did this so they need some training too.
Better go talk to your deity about that, and tell those people at the airport, that they need to donate their time, as it is a human right, so they shouldn't be making money off of it, either.
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Just heard on the news tonight that United now will reserve seats for crew in this situation at least one hour before a flight.
Many airlines around the world have a policy of overbooking flights, hoping that no-shows and offers of cash/hotels will ensure the problem disappears! I know most British airlines do it.
Iceland Air has bumped me every single leg of this trip so far. To First Class. It's very odd- they have called me up to the counter after I am checked at in, usually just a few minutes before boarding. My only theory is that they had an empty 1st class seat, and throw it at me because they are nice people. I performed an emergency in-air medical intervention on one of their flights in Feb, perhaps they flagged me? Anyways, they are now my favorite airline.
I used to occasionally get moved to first class when I traveled in uniform; which felt odd after getting spat at in college ROTC. Once, in an airport lounge a guy bought a round so he could tell me all about how the Air Force kept dropping bombs on him in Vietnam. I said we must have had our reasons, but bought him a drink by way of compensation, and we parted on friendly terms.
Here's a great article about the "between the lines" of this incident written by a pilot's wife
While the action of the security team (who were NOT United employees BTW) seem extreme, the article does help explain what led to it.
I admit to being a bit of an apologist for United. I just received my million mile card from them. Rob, I understand the anger and the whole "evil corporation" thing, but I just don't see United as evil. They completely botched the PR in this incidence, but to be honest, if I were to protest a corporation for wrong-doing, there would be several other companies in line before United.
(But, in line with the topic, I signed up for the Climate March on Washington on April 29 and I'm looking forward to it, and I'm glad they won't be checking my credentials for my in-flight carbon footprint because I might get hung from the Washington monument.)
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