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While I've not ever personally been subject to nor witness of so-called 'bumping' from a flight, I've always been of the opinion that it's a totally fucked-up policy that should be illegal.  If other sectors were to try and do as much, they'd be hit with charges (i.e. bait-and-switch, fraud, etc.).

Quite simply, while an airline should be able to ask for a passenger to give up their seat, they shoudn't have any authority to forcibly remove them should they choose not to.  They did pay for said seat afterall…  It's not like they were given the seat, initially, for free to begin with.  They paid for a service and, rightfully so, expected for said service to be rendered.

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United Airlines: Not So Friendly Skies

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by James Stewart
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Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada
 

 

While I've not ever personally been subject to nor witness of so-called 'bumping' from a flight, I've always been of the opinion that it's a totally fucked-up policy that should be illegal.  If other sectors were to try and do as much, they'd be hit with charges (i.e. bait-and-switch, fraud, etc.).

Quite simply, while an airline should be able to ask for a passenger to give up their seat, they shoudn't have any authority to forcibly remove them should they choose not to.  They did pay for said seat afterall…  It's not like they were given the seat, initially, for free to begin with.  They paid for a service and, rightfully so, expected for said service to be rendered.

Airlines are given way too fucking much authority.  The passenger wasn't being beligerant…  He was simply expecting to be flown to where he'd paid for them to fly him to.  He was being removed for being a security threat…  He was removed to make room for United staff.  An airline supervisor walked onto the plane and brusquely announced:

We have United employees that need to fly to Louisville tonight.  …  This flight's not leaving until four people get off.
 
Fuck that shit…  You don't demand that paying customers get the fuck out to make room for employees.  That's just common-fucking-sense.

Below, is a video of the man being dragged out of his seat on a United Airlines flight.  The incident has sparked a social media uproar.  The airline insisted the flight was over-booked and that it had no choice except to contact authorities when the man refused to leave.
 
 
Look at his, quite literally, bloody face.  They physically assaulted this man, who did abso-fucking-lutely nothing wrong.  And, they will more than likely get away with their actions.

Seemingly, given the social outrage over the incident, there are politicians within the US who are calling for congressional hearings.  While that's all well and good, I'd not hold my breath waiting for anything to change anytime soon though.  With that said, although there's not likely to be a short-term resolution, perhaps there will one day be a long-term solution.  Airlines must be held accountable for their actions and the actions of those in their employ.

To be quite honest, had I been on that particular flight and witnessed this happening, I'd not have sat idle while they dragged him from his seat…  They would've needed a small army to remove him, after getting through me.  I may be a partial gimp nowadays, but make no mistake, I'm a warrior to the death and beyond.

I'll always stand-up for, and to protect, those who may be unable to do so for themselves.  The look on the man's broken and bloody face, and within his eyes, is that of shear and utter terror; he's, quite clearly, absolutely terrified.  WTF gives an airline the right to brutally assault, a paying customer who is of no threat or disturbance to anybody else, because of their own fucking incompetence?

 
Categories:  Law, Travel  
Tags:  News, Opinionated, The Stupid

 
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  1. United Airlines forcibly removes passenger from overbooked flight
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  2. Video shows security dragging United Airlines passenger off 'overbooked' flight
    by Avi Selk Published: 
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