An Asian passenger aboard a United flight at Chicago O’Hare Airport was forcibly removed from a plane that had been overbooked.
According to CNBC, passengers had been asked prior to booking to voluntarily take a later flight.
Apparently not enough volunteers came forward, so the Asian man was randomly picked to be removed, after he had already boarded.
When he refused to cooperate, several security guards forcibly removed him.
He was eventually let back on the flight, but appeared visibly dazed after the incident as you’ll see in this brief clip.
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 10, 2017
The video was posted on Facebook by a fellow passenger who urged others to share the post.
You can see a longer version here.
The flight which was bound for Louisville was delayed two hours.
“Everyone was shocked and appalled,” said Audra Bridges, the woman who posted the video, said to the Courier Journal. “There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset.”
“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked,” a United spokesperson said. “After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.
“We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”
According to CNBC, an airline in overbooking situations can randomly choose passengers and ask them to leave the flight. CNBC says United was trying to get onto the flight some of its own employees who were trying to get to their assignments.
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