A couple on the way to their wedding was just kicked off a United Airlines flight, because apparently the airline hasn’t lost enough money.
Michael Hohl and Amber Maxwell were allegedly sitting a few rows in front of their assigned seats on United flight 1737 from Houston, Texas to Costa Rica — which was only half-full — when the flight crew told them to leave. Hohl told the New York Daily News that he and his fiancee were simply moving to another economy class row from their previously purchased economy class seats when a U.S. Air Marshal, at the behest of the flight crew, ordered the two to leave the aircraft.
“They said that we were being disorderly and a hazard to the rest of the flight, to the safety of the other customers,” Hohl told the News.
However, United maintains that the couple was trying to move to a row of seats that came at a higher price than the seats the two had bought, and that ordering the air marshal to boot them from the plane was necessary after initial resistance from the couple.
These passengers repeatedly attempted to sit in upgraded seating which they did not purchase and they would not follow crew instructions to return to their assigned seats,” a United spokesman said in a public statement. “We’ve been in touch with them and have rebooked them on flights tomorrow.”
Regardless of whose account is more accurate, the airline certainly doesn’t need any additional attention after last week’s violent confrontation between 69-year-old Dr. David Dao and Chicago Airport Police, whom United called to literally drag Dao off the plane in order to accommodate United staff members on an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville. The airline’s stock lost almost $800 million in value after the Dao incident went viral.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.