United Airlines is in the hot seat after a viral video last week exposed a violent removal of a 69-year-old passenger by Chicago Aviation Department officers. The incident reportedly occurred when the sold-out flight needed to free seats for the crew and when the passenger refused to deplane, officers intervened and he faced injuries as he was dragged off the plane. Statements by United CEO Oscar Munoz only fueled the fire.
“This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers,” said Munoz. Moreover, the aviation department even insisted that the man “fell.” In most cases, if someone falls, people would usually help them get back up, but with the aviation officers, the way of helping a man who “fell” was to drag him down the aisle of a plane.
A few days passed and people are still expressing their anger. However, some are now voicing their own frustrations more creatively. The hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos is one of the trending hashtags on Twitter.
Hang tight and enjoy the ride.
“Our prices can’t be beaten! But our passengers can.” @mmurphy0907
“Not enough seating, prepare for a beating.” @crizzler
“If our staff need a seat, we’ll drag you out by your feet.” @drownablefish
“Board as doctors, leave as patients.” @osamanadeem
“Come for the seating, stay for the beating.” @SirDanielJ