United dragged a passenger from an overbooked flight. Twitter’s response is HILARIOUS.

After the video of United Airlines dragging a passenger off a flight went viral, Twitter ensured the airline will never have an overbooking problem again.

On a domestic flight from Chicago to Louisville, a doctor — who was on his way to see patients who had appointments — was randomly chosen to give up his seat for a United Airlines staff member, since the airline had booked too many seats for the flight. The airline was forced to revert to random selection, since no passengers volunteered to deplane for initial offers of $400, and $800.

When the doctor refused to leave the plane, United Airlines called Chicago Police, who then boarded the plane and dragged the man out of his seat, who was literally kicking and screaming. The video itself is hard to watch, particularly when the doctor starts screaming as police officers drag him down the aisle, with his shirt riding up.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, United Airlines’ official response to the uproar on social media over the video was an even bigger debacle, as the CEO of the airline refused to apologize to the passenger, instead only apologizing for having to “re-accommodate” passengers on an overbooked flight.

All of this was too much for Twitter, as users of the platform brutally roasted the airline and its public relations team for its total lack of awareness about customer service. Others compared United’s failure at public relations to similar slip-ups with a Pepsi ad that trivialized the Black Lives Matter movement, and Delta Airlines’ cancellations of thousands of flights.

Several other Twitter users lampooned United Airlines’ statement, and did their own remixes of the tone-deaf boilerplate response to make it a little more colorful.

Other grim responses noted how capitalism has since progressed to the point where a corporation can utilize the force of the police state to order citizens to bend to their will.


Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.