If you think you’re having a bad Monday, at least you don’t work for United Airlines. Videos from an incident on a United flight from Chicago to Louisville are going viral this morning, and for all the wrong reasons. United overbooked the flight and after no one volunteered to leave the plane and take a later flight, police were called in to forcibly drag a man from his seat and off the plane:
– Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
According to the Courier-Journal, United needed four seats for their own employees, and offered passengers $400 and a hotel stay to give up their seats and take a flight the next day. When no one volunteered, they randomly chose four seats via a computer, and after one couple was chosen and left the plane, a manager approached the man in the video above. The man refused to give up his seat, telling the manager that he’s a doctor that needed to see patients at a hospital in the morning. After he said he was going to call his lawyer, security approached him and eventually, dragged him off the plane.
UPDATE: Here’s a video of the passenger running back on the plane after being removed. As you can see, his face is cut and he’s bleeding:
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 10, 2017
Bridges, who took this video and one of the ones above, actually called into the show to give his account of the incident. After the man ran onto the plane, passengers were asked to get off so the crew could “tidy up.” According to Bridges, the man eventually left the airport on a stretcher.