Monday, April 10, 2017

Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit

Occasionally planes let standby passengers on telling them that if the "real" passengers show up they're off the plane, and that's not entirely unreasonable (the whole practice of overbooking is, but if people are informed at moment of sale they're on standby...). But chucking off passengers once they're seated because you need to ferry flight crew around, and in this fashion...
The video, posted by Audra D. Bridges at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, is taken from an aisle seat on a commercial airplane that appears to be preparing to take flight. The 31-second clip shows three men wearing radio equipment and security jackets speaking with a man seated on the plane. After a few seconds, one of the men grabs the passenger, who screams, and drags him by his arms toward the front of the plane. The video ends before anything else is shown.


Passengers were told at the gate that the flight was overbooked and United, offering $400 and a hotel stay, was looking for one volunteer to take another flight to Louisville at 3 p.m. Monday. Passengers were allowed to board the flight, Bridges said, and once the flight was filled those on the plane were told that four people needed to give up their seats to stand-by United employees that needed to be in Louisville on Monday for a flight. Passengers were told that the flight would not take off until the United crew had seats, Bridges said, and the offer was increased to $800, but no one volunteered.

Increase the offer to $2000 and you would have had a taker. But, nah, dragging a guy off the plane was more fun. Assaulting a paying passenger who had already been seated was seen as a better idea than just hiring a fucking car to take their flight crew to Louisville.