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According to a person who says they were on the flight, the airline needed room on the overbooked aircraft to reposition crew for another flight. But when it couldn’t find enough volunteers, even after offering $800, the airline selected the man and several other passengers to deplane.
But the man refused and was dragged off by aviation officers.
According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, the officers attempted to carry the man off when he fell and hit his head on an armrest. He was then taken to Lutheran General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“I apologize for having to re-accommodate those customers,” CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement posted to the airline’s Twitter account.
Some people are now threatening to boycott the airline, using the hashtag #BoycottUnited.
Here’s the statement:
United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0
— United (@united) April 10, 2017
Initial reactions to Munoz’s response were negative.
Using “re-accomodate” to describe this abhorrent event is straight out of a dystopian future sci-fi nightmare. The CEO should resign. https://t.co/0hfNR2Q0bm
— Eric Butler (@codebutler) April 10, 2017
I think your idea of “re-accomodate” paying passengers and the idea of the passengers themselves differ. Just a tad.
— karen munro (@BaileyPittipat) April 10, 2017
The head of the hedge fund Altimeter Capital, which is one of United’s largest shareholders, also weighed in on the event.
Brad Gerstner said he was disgusted by the treatment of the passenger.