By Nicholas Pendergast
We are only a week and a half into April and already this has been one of the most memorable months of a very wacky year. Aside from a tragic chemical weapon attack in Syria and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer basically saying that ‘gas chambers are somehow not as bad as chemical weapon bombs’, the whole world is basically living in fear of ever flying on United Airlines again.
— nizam (@nizam_lazim) April 11, 2017
Why? Well in case you have been living under a rock, some poor 70-year-old doctor of medicine named David Dao was in the wrong place at the wrong time; that is to say, David Dao paid for a ticket on a United Airlines flight boarding from Chicago, Illinois and departing to Louisville, Kentucky. Yep, that’s right, again for the people in the back — David Dao was sitting in the seat he paid for, and was basically kicked off of the plane for refusing to give it up for a deadheading United Airlines employee.
Keep your feet out of the aisle, we need dragging room
— Mad Feist (@MadFiest) April 11, 2017
Overbooking isn’t an extraordinarily new thing. This kind of tactic is used by airliners like UA all of the time to make as much money as possible off a bunch of tickets for seats that do not exist with the anticipation that people will cancel or no show their flight. United Airlines desperately tried to get overbooked passengers off of the plane to make room for several United Airlines staff members who were en route to Louisville for their jobs at that airport. Yeah, in other words the paying customers are less important to the company than the airline staff who are traveling to jobs hundred of miles away from their home, but at least UA offered a hefty bonus and refund to the randomly selected passengers who were thrown off.
And then there is this 70-year-old guy who basically has one of the most important jobs in the world with scheduled appointments in Louisville on the next day, and United Airlines says ‘well screw you and your patients, pal, gtfo or we will btfo.’
— AngryTraveller (@angrytrav) April 11, 2017
That passenger has already cost United Airlines $800 million and that’s just from stock drops alone, never mind an impending and probable law suit.
Well at least the video has resulted in some pretty great memes. That’s all we millennials care about anyway, right?
Edit: It turns out that the plane was not overbooked, as United Airlines originally claimed. Now their statement is that the plane wasn’t overbooked, but they required the seats for airport staff heading to Kentucky.