Man Bloodied From Being Forcibly Removed Off Plane After United Overbooked Flight
After a man refused to abandon his seat on a United Airlines flight, he was forcibly removed by security. The man, who claimed to be a doctor, was on a United Airlines flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville on Sunday night when it was announced that the plane was overbooked.
United Airlines first asked for four volunteers to give up their seats so employees of the airlines could take the seats in order to arrive in Kentucky in time for their next flights, but nobody came forward. The airline then offered passengers $400 and a free night in a hotel to take a flight at 3 p.m. Monday, but nobody was willing to take the deal. Then United doubled the offer to $800, and once again nobody took the bait.
United then stated that a computer would randomly select passengers to depart the already-boarded flight. Two flyers gave up their seats willingly, but the man seen in the video refused to leave his seat.
Then security is called and he is forcibly removed from the plane. The man screams as he’s being removed and then he has his head smashed into a metal armrest across the aisle. The man was disoriented and bleeding as he was physically dragged off the plane. Fellow passengers screamed and looked on in shock.
The man somehow escaped security and returned to the plane with a bloody face while repeating, “I have to go home.”
Passenger Audra Bridges posted a video of the incident to her Facebook with the caption:
Please share this video. We are on this flight. United airlines overbooked the flight. They randomly selected people to kick off so their standby crew could have a seat. This man is a doctor and has to be at the hospital in the morning. He did not want to get off. We are all shaky and so disgusted.
Flight 3411 took off two hours behind schedule.
United released a statement regarding the incident:
“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. 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.”
United’s CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement on the situation.