United Is Under Fire After Forcibly Removing Passengers

Social media is buzzing with the story of a man on United flight 3411 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport who was FORCIBLY removed from the flight. 

Here's what other passengers say happened yesterday.

At the gate, passengers were told that the flight was overbooked and the airline offered a $400 hotel stay to passengers willing to give up their seat and take another flight on Monday at 3pm.

Then, passengers were allowed to board the flight.A short time later, after the flight was filled, passengers were told that FOUR people needed to give up their seats....for several United 'stand by' employees that needed to get to Louisville for another flight.

Passengers were told that the flight WOULD NOT LEAVE until four people gave up their seat, the offer to give up a seat was increased to $800.

No one volunteered.

A United manager came on board and said that four people would be chosen at random by a computer to be removed from the flight.  

A couple was selected and they left voluntarily.

Then, the man that you see being removed was selected, and refused to go, saying he was a doctor who needed to see patients at a hospital the next morning.

He was told security would be called if he did not leave.  

He didn't, so security was called, and, well, you see the rest. 

The 31 second video below was posted by Audra D. Bridges on her Facebook page.  

You can see two men, wearing security jackets and radio equipment talking to a man when suddenly they forcibly yank him out of his seat and drag him up the aisle, while other passengers take video of on their phones.                                       


After being removed, the guy ran BACK onto the flight to the back of the plane and chanted "I need to go home."  Passengers said his face looked bloodied.  A medical team was called to deal with the situation. The plane did eventually take off.... two hours late.                                                         

Here's another angle of the situation from another passenger:

 "Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked.  After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.  We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities." - United Airlines 

Once this story broke, it immediately went viral! Including on our Facebook page! You can see what other WHO Radio listeners had to say here. As for the rest of the internet? Here's a look...

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