United Airlines Flight 3411 Forcibly Removes Doctor from Plane
A United Airlines flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville on Sunday night 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 deal. 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. The man, who claimed to be a doctor, was then grabbed by security and dragged off the plane.
As for your rights when flights are “overbooked.” You have surprisingly few. Federal regulations do not prevent carriers from selling more seats than a flight can accommodate; a practice the airline industry says allows carriers to try to fill planes despite the number of no-shows that they can expect on any given flight. After having a bad experience with United Airlines in the past, and then watching this video, I’d say it’s safe to say that United will never see me on one of their flights again.
They will do make it up for you on the Next Trip
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