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United Airlines has perhaps not had the best year so far, public relations-wise. Just two weeks ago they wouldn’t let some little girls fly on a plane because their leggings were just too sexxxy. Then, the entire internet was grossed out on Monday following the release of video footage of aviation officers brutally hauling a 69-year-old doctor off of an overbooked United Airlines flight that he had paid good money to be on.

UPDATE: Although the Chicago PD for some reason put out a statement on this whole mishegas, the officers in question were actually from the Chicago Aviation Department, and not the CPD.

Chicago PD, of course, had a very different interpretation of events! At first, anyway.

At approximately 6:00 p.m., a 69-year-old male Asian airline passenger became irate after he was asked to disembark from a flight that was oversold. The passenger in question began yelling to voice his displeasure, at which point Aviation Police were summoned. Aviation Officers arrived on the scene attempted to carry the individual off the flight when he fell. His head subsequently struck an armrest causing injuries to his face. The man was taken to Lutheran General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ongoing investigation.

OH. See! Totally not their fault! He only hit his head and got all bloody because he was being irate and fell and hit his head. And then, because he fell, he had to be gently carried off the plane by the delicate, angel-like hands of the Aviation Officers, who definitely had nothing at all to do with the fact that he hit his head in the first place. And then they were even nice enough to take him to the hospital! What? You say you saw some “video” in which you definitely saw some police officers aggressively manhandling a senior citizen for basically no reason and very much causing him to hit his head on the arm rest? Pssht. Who are you going to believe, the Chicago Police or your lying eyes?

Besides, it’s not like they took him to a black site or anything. They didn’t disappear him! They were just carrying him off the plane, gently, because he had already fallen and they were clearly concerned that he might fall and hurt himself again.

Later — perhaps after actually bothering to watch the video — they realized that maybe something did go wrong there, and put the officer involved in the incident on suspension.

The aviation department gave a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“The incident on United flight 3411 was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned,” aviation department spokeswoman Karen Pride said. “That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a thorough review of the situation.”

Perhaps there are still some lessons to be learned here, for everyone involved. Like, hey! Maybe United learned not to overbook a flight when you know for a fact that you need to get four of your workers on that flight, because probably other people have booked that flight because they need to get to the place they are going as well. Like for instance, if they are a doctor and have patients to see in the morning. Maybe the Chicago Police will even learn — if we are lucky! — that people have camera phones now and if they manhandle a 69-year-old man and haul him off a plane, some people will record that and everyone will think they are terrible human beings who should not, in fact, be doing that.

Oh, we are just kidding, it is the Chicago PD. [Actually, it is the Chicago aviation police, but we hope the CPD learns something too.]

[Attn | Chicago Sun-Times]

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  • MynameisBlarney

    This just gets worse and worse.

  • schmannity

    The policeman isn’t there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder.

    -Zombie Richard Daley

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Msgr_MΩment

      Trump must have shorted them before calling out the cops.

  • Nightcrawler

    Getting pretty sick of all these cops who act like they run the world getting paid leave slaps on the wrist.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I’ve had it with these motherfucking fascists on the motherfucking plane.

      • TJ Barke

        I’ve had it with these motherfucking fascists on the motherfucking planecountry.

        FTFY

      • Creepoman

        Chicago PD, you’re doing it wrong. The shirts are supposed to be brown.

    • FlownΩver

      Take comfort the officer didn’t shoot the doctor sixteen times in the back.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Getting volunteers should not be rocket surgery.
    They should have just played the news that Dame Peggington Noonanshire was receiving a Pulitzer, replete with clips from her Sunday morning pronouncements on the electronic teevee device. On continual loop.

    • Nightcrawler

      Dame Peggington Noonanshire? What’s next? Sir Donaldson Johnstone Trumpley?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        “What a classy name. Bigly.” — John Barronshire

    • I am pretty sure if they seated Gov. Bentley next to a few of the womenfolk, United would have gotten their volunteers with ease.

      • FlownΩver

        Or President Pussgrab.

  • bookish

    WH amateur hour.

    http://nbcnews.to/2p0Mukq

    • Proud Liberal

      JFC. It was all about distracting the media from Trump/Russia story. Not gonna work.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Don’t piss off Ivanka. Next headline: 59 cruise misses headed for Nordstrom corporate headquarters.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Everyone in Seattle, duck!

      • WotsAllThisThen

        SNL sketches are so nice to her all of the sudden!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      So she looked at him with her puppy dog eyes and said please daddy will you fire $100 million worth of missiles at that bad man who upset me so? Or as Ivanka herself might say, “If sweet-talking the President into a constitutionally unsanctioned cruise missile strike is complicit, then I’m complicit.”

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Wait. Donald Jr. has five kids. Clearly he must have been offended, right? Buehler?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He (Qusay) described the president as “a great thinker, practical not
      impulsive,” and added: “I’m proud he took that action, and believe me he
      thinks things through.”

      Ewick here is as much of a fucking dipshit as his sire.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Damn Chicago PD. You’re treating this guy like a common Blues Brother.

  • Mpeg

    Cheeky cheeky, Chee-ka-go PD..

  • Proud Liberal

    And lawsuits abound!

  • MynameisBlarney
  • William
  • goonemeritus

    So were the officers protecting or were they serving in this instance?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      No.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Protecting shareholder value and serving their corporate overlords.

      • goonemeritus

        Neither is true, share prices have tumbled and their corporate overlord will be missing tee times for weeks.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Oh, they were serving. Serving their corporate masters, who are the only ones who count in this country.

  • Vincent Ricola

    “Let’s fly together”

    • Ghenghis McCann

      United we stand,
      Divided we fly.

  • Chadwells
  • Given this can be considered standard arrest procedure, I’m not completely surprised (well except that the doctor wasn’t hurt worse.)
    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/04/09/csu-michaela-surat-fort-collins-old-town/

  • Nightcrawler

    I’m not surprised that their recounting of the events are about making the old Asian guy look like the aggressor. SOME police officers tend to look for any excuse to justify acting irrationally. That, or they are unqualified chickens without their gun.

    • Proud Liberal

      Yeah, the other passengers aren’t buying it. I saw two this morning who said the cops were completely out of line and unreasonable.

    • Paul

      Stop resisting!!

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Chicago police: “His face got in the way of that arm rest. United should sue for damage”.

  • Chadwells
  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      The first rule about the Fight Club…..

    • Pilotshark

      Sir i see by your ticket that you did pay for the extra body handling fee, and you took the last first class brown bag lunch.

  • elviouslyqueer

    The real shocker here is that the Aviation Gestapo didn’t impound everybody’s cell phones. C’mon guys, duh.

  • William
  • OddMan

    Way to go United.
    Eric Schiffer, CEO of ReputationManagementConsultantsdotcom
    “It’s a gruesome, epic-scale fail that follows their leggings crash landing. At United, their CEO is clearly clueless about dealing with the public and the customers, and they are embarking on brand genocide with a brand that was trusted and loved that is now causing people to generate stress hormones when they hear the name,”

    http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/United-Committed-Brand-Genocide-With-11063972.php

    • Proud Liberal

      I heard two passengers this morning say they will never fly United again.

      • OddMan

        I hate flying, used to like it but now it is nothing but hassles.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      While I agree with most of what is said in the article, part of it sounds like a crisis PR manager in search of more work.

    • grindstone

      “Trusted and loved”? United? Tolerated and endured, maybe, on a good day.

  • Michael R

    The White House asked Sesame Street characters to appear at its annual Easter Egg Roll just four days after President Donald Trump’s administration proposed ending all funding for PBS and the Sesame Street program.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/white-house-solicits-sesame-street-characters-for-easter-egg-roll-four-days-after-bid-to-end-pbs-funding/

    • Vincent Ricola
    • Villago Delenda Est

      The gang that couldn’t shoot straight, except at cucks and globalists on staff.

    • One last chance for those Sesame Street deadbeats to pad their retirement nest eggs a little bit?

    • Zonath

      Orange Muppet Hitler is already going to be there. Who else do they need?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      It ain’t easy being mean.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      They should be careful. In a couple of months, donald’s second paycheck is coming up. Rumor is they were on the short list!…

    • If I was a Sesame Street character, I would definitely take Trump up on his offer. Then make sure I ate the most gross, disgusting meal possible just before meeting the president. Along with a little ipecac.

    • NastyBossetti

      HBO pays for Sesame Street now, though. In exchange, they get first-run rights for something like 9 months, after which PBS can air the “new” episodes at no charge, and they also get streaming rights for ALL episodes.

    • kmv1

      It’s looking like a good thing that hbo took over funding now.

  • Michael Smith

    This is the new money saving feature for United Airlines! If you can’t afford First Class, no problem! We offer reduced price tickets for Coach seats! In order to provide this cost-efficient service, we have received generous sponsorship from the Chicago PD, who we will permit to use coach passengers for training.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    According to United’s CEO, Oscar Munoz

    We sought volunteers and then followed our involuntary denial of boarding process (including offering up to $1,000 in compensation) and when we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions.

    OK, can someone explain to me how you can “deny boarding” to a passenger who is already on board the plane?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Munoz has earned a deplaning at 35,000 feet.

      • Ghenghis McCann

        With votes……

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Sharp, pointy votes with no parachute.

          • Pilotshark

            punji votes?

    • TJ Barke

      HE WAS ALREADY IN HIS SEAT ON THE PLANE, MOTHERFUCKER! THAT’S NOT DENYING BOARDING!

    • elviouslyqueer

      Munoz also apologized for having to “re-accommodate” this passenger by dragging his ass clear down the aisle.

      • Ghenghis McCann

        That would be “involuntary re-accomodation” in Munoz-speak. I suppose.

    • It is a good thing those cops don’t carry 2×4’s. Otherwise he may not have been denied his boarding.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      People on the plane claim that the offers stopped at $800, too. Not $1K.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Stingy fuckers!!!

        If they don’t want to pony up the money to bump passengers maybe they should get their booking and employee transit shit together.

        something something something… free market…

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The “officer involved” should be fired and forever barred from working in law enforcement anywhere in this quadrant of the galaxy.

    • TJ Barke

      I wouldn’t wish him on Gamma Quadrant either.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    No snark–The cops should’ve said to United, “Hey, it’s a free market. Run your airline like you actually give a shit about your passengers. Do your own dirty work.”

    But it’s Chicago cops who never pass up a chance for a beatdown or shooting.

  • Crystalclear12

    Second statement:
    We fucked up.

    • Proud Liberal

      No shit, Sherlock.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Well, duh, Watson!

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    I assume mistreated doctor person is also planning on including Chicago PD in his giant lawsuit. Stupid fuckers are going to pay for this one.

    • Proud Liberal

      More than likely, it will settle out of court. No jury would find there wasn’t any liability.

  • Chadwells

    If only they lost it forever…

    “United Loses $800 Million in Value After Passenger Dragged Off Plane”

    http://gizmodo.com/united-loses-800-million-in-value-after-passenger-drag-1794208511

  • goonemeritus

    You would think that organizations as large as United Airlines and the Chicago Police department could afford a public relations person that didn’t get their degree from DeVry University

    • Truck Fump

      They went bigly! Got the degree from Trump U.!

  • memzilla Ω
  • Ryan Denniston

    Chicago DOES have a black site for the meddlesome crimers…

  • Ryan Denniston
    • Proud Liberal

      Somehow, I don’t think that event will look the same any longer.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Sounds like an event for takers, anyway.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      So, it says PBS will send “one” Sesame Street character to the Egg Roll. Which one do you think it will be? My money’s on Oscar…

    • Internet Hitler

      How much will he charge kids to roll eggs?

  • Proud Liberal

    How fitting as related to this story:

    “Sessions Giving Free Reign to Police Departments Destroying Years of Work by Obama to Reform Violent Practices”

    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/jeff-sessions-war-good-policing

  • Bill D. Burger
    • TJ Barke

      That’s quite the disparity of arms in that pic. Point man carrying a tactical submachinegun, guy behind him with a .38 special…

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Props department ran short of penis substitutes and used Columbo’s old gun ….

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          “There’s just one other thing….I nearly forgot…..”

  • memzilla Ω
  • Bill D. Burger
    • Is that Nick Cage? If not, it needs to be.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        He looks a lot like Clive Owen to me.

      • Bill D. Burger

        Jeffrey Dean Morgan
        Guess he’s best remembered as The Comedian in the old “Watchmen” movie and John Winchester on Supernatural.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          He looks a lot like my cousin in Miami!

    • Tennessee Rain

      He will always be John Winchester to me.

  • Ryan Denniston

    They’re no longer content with merely dumping on the blehs, now they’ve moved on to Asian people? That’s a worrying development.

  • Creepoman

    At least we’re doing something right:
    “First they came for old Asian doctors and we raised holy hell . . .”

  • MynameisBlarney
    • nightmoth

      great comments there–THX!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Yup, good to see people reacting so negatively to the Slimeball-Journal’s hatchet job on that terrible Asian doctor.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      EXCELLENT. They deserve the blowback.

    • Internet Hitler

      I dunno. I heard he may have picked his nose in kindergarten. Maybe hang him just to be sure?

  • Truck Fump

    I think, if I remember correctly, that it was Chicago Aviation Police, which is a separate entity from Chicago PD. CPD just issued a statement as a knee-jerk reaction to police brutality claims.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      They just assumed it must be them from the description of the incident.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        “Sounds like something we’d do.”

        -CPD Spokesperson

        • “Besides, he was asking for it. Just look at him.”

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I bet that was even a copy-and-paste statement, too.

      • vivian

        (It’s a cop-and-paste in this case)

    • coozledad

      Is there a Chicago Maritime Police? Surely someone needs an ass-kicking out on the water.

      • Paul Dietzel

        Well, sure there is a “C.M.P.” . . . “My daddy was a cop on the EAST side of Chicago”, AKA Lake Michigan.

        • Antonin Dvorak
          • MizzMazz

            Thanks. I really needed to feel like I was ten again. Now we need to hear ‘Billy Don’t be a Hero’ and ‘Run, Joey, Run!’ and ‘Rocky’

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            No. No, we don’t. Really.

          • MizzMazz

            Notice how I didn’t post those? I think I’m growing emotionally, and learning impulse control.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Let’s merge the two.
    “Thank God she was there to help!”

    (Too soon?)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab593be1cb688a86676e570ec6a54ab79eb50248a5ae939a438b7c344e9f5c88.jpg

    • Chadwells

      LOL!!! I have a feeling this guy will end up a meme legend!

    • From Russia with Love

      Well played!

    • BoziSpicer

      Needs an ellipsis.
      Live…For Now.

      • Pamelarsmith

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !sq287c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Reading a book gives you the chance to let someone else’s thought go through your brain for some time. This might be beneficial to your ways of thinking and learning something new. Maybe Greta should try that.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9GpHAHUwAAZWhD.jpg:large

  • nightmoth

    According to a NYT article this morning, the guy is Chinese, and everybody in China is enraged by this, and boycotting United, and calling us racist.

    • And Trump is going to have to convince them that we aren’t racist?

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Serving Premier Xi a Trump® Taco Bowl probably isn’t helping also too.

      • Internet Hitler

        “I love chop suey!”

    • jowgajen

      Now they notice?

    • You know i was thinking (NPR had similar coverage): a new administration (i use the term loosely here) always faces that one weird international emergency that comes out of left field.

      I wonder if this will be something like that.

      • Bad Tom

        For Trump, it won’t be one.

    • Tennessee Rain

      So, they finally got our number?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      What? Us? The White Master Race, racist? Man, that’s just like those Chinamen to jump to a conclusion about us!

      • shastakoala

        Time to reopen Manzanar.

    • vivian

      Even better, China is a BIG market for United. Or I should say “was”.

  • Sedagive ’em Hell

    Thank goodness we have a new Supreme Court Justice who understands that corporations are people – selfish, sometimes violent, amoral sociopaths who often do harm to others in pursuit of profit, as the Good Lord intended.

    But that’s OK, because here in America we understand that when you are an Incorporated Person you have special rights and privileges because you’re a Job Creator, and Americans understand that to make an omelet you gotta break a few eggs (and sometimes you gotta call in the cops to break the unwilling eggs for you).

    Amen.

  • From Russia with Love

    ““That officer has been placed on leave effective today”

    Paid leave? Nice reward for Officer Friendly.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Today in “Oh god oh god we’re all gonna die!” News…

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141750720

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      War boners. That is all.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Heh…

        Battle Chubs.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          War Wood.

          • Oblios_Cap

            If their missiles actually worked, I might be worried.

    • Nah, that’s the standard threat from North Korea.

    • Pilotshark

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W7-ngmO_p8

      change a few word, meaning is the same :-)

      come on Ma, come on Pa be the first to have your children come home in a box.

  • bookish
    • WeaselPoo

      security expenses include rent at Trump properties ( Mar a Lago, also Trump tower for Melania) from which Trump is making money, every time plus the doubling of membership fee at mar A lago due to Presidential cachet—another reason he goes there, to keep up the status that allows them to charge $200,000 instead of $100,000. Trump should be impeached already, but of course not because IOKIYAR.

    • I saw this morning that he’s projected to before the end of this year greatly exceed the total amount spent on President Obama’s travel expenses in 8 years. I note the deafening silence about this from the Right.

  • Dan Wilson

    The should show the video to UA employees and add the title “Meet your new owner.”

  • Pffft. Not like he was in Homan Square or anything.

  • STOP RESISTING AND FALLING, SIR! NO! DON”T REACH FOR MY TASER AND DISCHARGE IT INTO YOURSELF SEVERAL TIMES. PLEASE DON’T SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE BACK WITH MY GUN!

    • From Russia with Love

      Worst case of suicide ever.

    • Back in the early 80’s, there was a murder trial near where I lived. The woman had stabbed her husband to death, and her claim was that he’d committed suicide. By stabbing himself in the back numerous times. Maybe if she’d been a police officer, the jury might have bought it…

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    ‘a 69-year-old male Asian airline passenger’. Curious descriptor inclusion for a generic passenger. The dude lived and worked in L’ville.

    • Internet Hitler

      It’s standard for journalists to ask age and home town to add to stories, but a no-no to mention race if it has nothing to do with context.

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • Antonin Dvorak

      This is great. The grainy late 70’s VHS filter puts it over the top.

  • United is now hiring deer to help with seating passengers?
    https://youtu.be/yGbF2777ObE

    • snigsy

      An undercover aviation officer?

    • Internet Hitler

      Was he east coast or west coast? Looked like it coulda been DJ Bam-B.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    I’m flying on that airline later today. Hoping to avoid fisticuffs. Wish me luck.

    • Oblios_Cap

      They’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

  • snigsy

    Just another item to add to the list of why I hate air travel.

  • BoziSpicer
  • OrdinaryJoe

    United Airlines passenger relations training video.

    https://youtu.be/i0GW0Vnr9Yc

  • Logic of Color

    I’m sure this passenger is a Very Important Person whose patients would flop over dead if he wasn’t there to save them. This totally justifies his tantrum.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Your membership in humanity has been revoked. You are now eligible to be time transported to 1943 and work as a guard at Auschwitz.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Obviously he should have said. “Yes Sir, I obey Sir; is there anything else you want me to do Sir?” (That’s sarcasm. by the way.)

    • vivian

      Your deference to authority appalls me.

    • Manders

      I would think, of anyone who might be asked to give up a seat and leave the plane, a *doctor* might have a good reason not to do it.

      Besides which, this is the airline’s booboo and it was up to them to fix it, and good public relations to do it with incentives rather than, you know, giving a 69-year-old man a broken face and a concussion – plus weeping, traumatized, terrified child witnesses. Someone else offered to leave the plane for $1600 rather than the paltry $800 they were offering, and the manager laughed at her.

      They could have picked someone else. They could have offered him more money. They could have put their employees on a damn shuttle bus or charter plane.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        There is, unbelievably, a cap of $1350 set by law on the compensation. This is an actual example of the free market being strangled by government, but since it’s to the advantage of the airlines, no lobbyist will ever complain about it.

        • Manders

          $1350 is still more than $800. But you’re right. That’s asinine.

        • caitifty

          It’s not a cap on what they *can* pay, it’s a cap on what they *have* to pay. If they forcibly bump you, the law says you must be compensated, and provides a formula for how much, with an upper cap. But nothing at all stops an airline from voluntarily offering more than that in the name of good customer relations.

      • Manders

        Also, it might have been a good idea to do this *before* people boarded (which takes forever and is humiliating all on its own). Then they could have pulled the guy aside and tried to talk to him like adults. Once someone is in the seat, the last thing they want to do is get out of it.

    • Ricky Gay

      Yeah. I’m disappointed they didn’t waterboard the ticketed bastard. Now watch this drive!

      • Logic of Color

        I’m just saying the airline isn’t the only party that acted like an ass.

        • Manders

          Why? Because he yelled? Because he went limp and refused to help them remove him? He wasn’t drunk. He wasn’t bothering anyone. They “volunteered” him to leave and he refused.

        • Ricky Gay

          Yes. You for instance. But United started it.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Blaming the victim? Are you a cop?

    • Sparger

      I don’t care if he was retired and had no place to go except to meet with other retired buddies in the park. He purchased a ticket and was seated. The airline bad scheduling issues aren’t his problem or any other paying customer.

    • Bad Tom

      It is illegal under Federal law for an airline to deny carriage to a physician enroute to treat patients.

      As was the case here.

      United is grass, and this doctor’s lawyer is the mower.

      • h4rr4r

        It is also illegal under federal law to disobey a lawful crew order on an airliner.

        • Bad Tom

          And United didn’t follow its own policy regarding such matters.
          Plus United acted unlawfully.
          Was it therefore a lawful order?

          The jury will decide.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      It does not matter who the passenger was. That has NO BEARING on the fact that he was beaten bloody by goons and dragged off the plane.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      You know what? There are people who have tantrums because they can’t help it (people with anxiety, autism, PTSD, etc) making your post ableist as well as freaking rude. Sit down and hope the police don’t forcibly remove you from your seat.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      What were you watching? I didn’t see no tantrum, I just saw an old dude start screaming when a couple of burly cops rouged him up.

    • tinker12

      I’m sure you’re a fking jerkhole.

  • Christopher Boscarino

    The crowd was quiet. A girl whispered, “I hope it’s not Nancy,” and the sound of the whisper reached the edges of the crowd.

    “It’s not the way it used to be.” Old Man Warner said clearly. “People
    ain’t the way they used to be.” – Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fcb69a84491216e4b18c73690f1c5e265872956909d4c8c0cb5ea0cbac0bc09a.jpg

    • Skadi

      United is proud to introduce our new travel classes…Business, Coach, and Gitmo.

  • sercanet

    So, the airline “overbooked” the plane and forced four ticketed passengers to give up their seats for airline employees? So what happens when a passenger buys a ticket and can’t get a refund or transfer the ticket to someone else? They keep your money AND sell the empty seat to a stand-by passenger! I’ve been a victim of this scam.

    If there is a God, I will never fly commercially again. I get the full groping, pat-down, luggage-searching treatment every time I fly. And no one will explain to me why this happens.

    Probably for occasionally posting here.

    • h4rr4r

      They have to give you the next flight and a voucher. If you are forced to spend the night they give you a room too.

      I am glad you are rich enough for private airplanes.

      • Skadi

        This is why I always go by train, myself.

      • sercanet

        You’re kidding, of course. I have no plans to ever fly on any airline ever again. It has become a dehumanizing, miserable experience.

        Maybe a hot-air balloon or glider.

  • coozledad

    Think about all the jumped-up former high school football dumbasses who have not been hired on as cops. Yet.

  • Pilotshark

    Welcome to the friendly sky`s of United, where when we over book, we treat you like the baggage you are!

    • Skadi

      We’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

      No, really.

    • C4TWOMAN

      “You feel like you never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!”

      -comedy skit from ancient program..SNL?…????

  • Lurkylu

    when Chicago cops are VERY VERY naughty, they get reassigned to the airport. And they are a pissed off bunch of dudes. i hope everyone involved in this gets sued to Pluto and back.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Poor Chicago PD, it’s like they can’t indulge in their favorite past time of beating minorities senseless without it being filmed anymore…

  • capnkrunch

    Here in Chicago, our police department is the pride of our city. It’s a good thing that the Trump administration is working to put a stop to police reform. They are already perfect and infallible. No need for any outside oversight; the police can handle that themselves. I mean, the guy got suspended. Suspended! Justice!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “If you’re looking for justice, you’re looking in the wrong place” – Tyrion Lannister after visiting relatives in Chicago.

  • Jennaratrix
    • Manders

      Is this real? Oh, I hope it’s real.

      • Jennaratrix

        I have no idea; I saw it on Faceplace, so I assume not.

    • h4rr4r

      United or Southwest, I think I will walk,

      • Jennaratrix

        We drive everywhere just because flying sucks so bad. If we can’t drive there, we don’t go. Which blows, honestly, and turns us into those horrible Americans who never see the rest of the world. However, since I did a good bit of international travelling through my 30s and the husband unit did even more during his stint with the Navy, we’re good for now. If things improve, we’ll reconsider. Not that the rest of the world wants to see much more of Americans, anyway…

        • h4rr4r

          I find it very hard to drive across the atlantic and pacific.

          • Jennaratrix

            Yes, I think I addressed that in my not-allowed comment. We’re not in a place to do a lot of travelling right now anyway, and will revisit the situation when that changes.

          • h4rr4r

            Sorry, just my now natural response to people who suggest driving as a reasonable alternative.

          • Jennaratrix

            I totally get it; it’s why I went into more detail than I typically would.

        • Bmaccnm

          I can’t imagine giving up travel. Try other airlines- I’ve had great experiences on Kenya Air, China Air, Aer Lingus, among others. The fascists want you to live in a small and local world. You’re much easier to control that way.

          • Jeffery Campbell

            Aer Lingus….tee hee.

            I’ll see myself out.

        • calliecallie

          I have had good experiences on Amtrak. Just saying.

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      If they had the guts to actually do that I would make a point of flying Southwest next time.

  • Rags

    If they needed the seat for a little girl who had to get to Chicago for a heart transplant and to have enough room for the guitar-playing stewardess to sing for her, well maybe. However, this was 100% for the convenience (i.e. we fucked up; now what?) of the corporation. The corporation. The corporation.

    • Nockular cavity

      Yes, but corporations are people, my friend. And richer, more important people than you.

  • Pilotshark

    After the removal, the head flight attended look around and said, we need one more to get off NOW!

    at which time all 100 passages left.

  • Sparger

    Why did Chicago PD feel the need to comment. Any incident involving cops take their side and release statement based on officer reports and nothing else. You would think they would know better by now.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Still trying to work the refs, and given that a depraved Keebler elf is the AG, they’ll probably get away with it.

  • coozledad

    The only way to keep your seat is to be a white investment banker. Then you can do whatever the fuck you want.
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/united-mileage-plus-pre-merger/480539-october-20-ua-10-year-anniversary-gerard-finneran.html

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Nope. The mistake people make most often in airports is “Do you know who I am?”.

      And unless you are somebody in Government that can make their life hell, guess what? Nobody cares. They actually care less if you do that.

    • h4rr4r

      Looks like he could not do whatever the hell he wanted. It cost him $5000 in fines, $50,000 to the airline, the cost of all the tickets and two years probation.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Buzzfeed captured a particularly delightful gun circle of blame worthy of Quentin Tarantino yesterday, https://www.buzzfeed.com/aliciamelvillesmith/a-man-was-dragged-off-united-plane-after-the-airline?utm_term=.nnKlO4DY2L#.bjRXonQ18B

    When asked why the airline had the man forcibly removed, and whether that was standard procedure in cases of overbooked flights, United refused to comment.
    Instead they told BuzzFeed News all further questions should be referred to Chicago Police. BuzzFeed News contacted Chicago Police and were told to contact the Chicago Department of Aviation. When BuzzFeed News contacted the Chicago Department of Aviation, the call was transferred to a TSA message bank. A TSA spokesperson later told BuzzFeed News they were not involved and to contact Chicago Police.

    • Pisto75666

      An applause worthy game of ‘Pass The Buck’ if ever I saw one.

  • Stein Olsen

    Here is a rule34 on this. United Airlines fucking a doctor.

    http://i.imgur.com/COJMN2a.jpg

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Rule 34. Everywhere you don’t want to be.

  • amindofitsown

    Will Darren Wilson be providing lessons on how to deal with “disruptive” passengers the next time United overbooks?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Aviation Officers arrived on the scene attempted to carry the individual off the flight when he fell. His head subsequently struck an armrest causing injuries to his face.

    I’m sure there are a whole slew of Chicagoans who have suffered similar injuries – or worse – by the cops trying to assist them.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Entire South Side raises hand.

  • tinker12

    Greedy fuks — trying to sell a seat twice. Where else in the fking universe is that okay?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Theaters, for instance ALWAYS hold back about 10% (or more) of seats, in case of ticket mix ups, unusually high volume of last minute buyers, VIPs showing up unexpectedly, ticket holders showing up on the wrong day, etc. (This is what they’re talking about with the term “house seats” and some of them are pretty good seats, see above “VIPs showing up unexpectedly”). It’s such a fucking no-brainer.

      • h4rr4r

        Spoken like someone who has either never compared the margins on those two enterprises or likes to pay more for plane tickets.

      • chazmanr

        While United’s actions were draconian, you are comparing not selling some tickets at $10-15 with tickets costing hundreds to thousands. Not to mention comparing the number of people that fit in today’s megaplexes with those that will fit in a 737.

        After 9/11 all airlines have been overselling their flights. The number of flights were reduced by 30-40%. The airlines would have to charge a lot more if they held back a certain number of tickets.

        • Internet Hitler

          So why not charge more for better service? They already do that by classing seats/service.

          Air travel is a wonderful modern convenience, but for too long airlines have operated on a hard line cost-per-unit mindset, squeezing every penny out of every narrow, cramped seat, which are sold to the masses as a luxury experience accessible to everyone.

          The fact is that the shiny flights sold in commercials aren’t the reality, any more than the Big Macs in ads look like what you get at the McD drive-thru.
          I understand the economics. But I also understand that there’s only so far you can lower standards before you destroy the product you’re trying to sell.

          Wonkette faced that choice when they started seeing this beautiful mommy blog cluttered up with ads for questionable medical devices. I’m sure there are bright lads in United marketing pushing for stackable “travel caskets” wallpapered inside with advertising. Wouldn’t be surprised if they said yes to that in the future.

          • h4rr4r

            Because that is how Americans buy tickets. If you optimize only on price you get that level of service.

            This is why I try to avoid American airlines whenever possible even if it costs more.

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          I’m not talking about the movies or megaplexes, I’m talking about high-end theater, where tickets are quite expensive, and yes, the margins are also extremely narrow. Sorry no one on this thread seems to consider “theater” to mean ACTUAL theater and not the movies. Jesus.

  • Pilotshark

    passenger in seat 24A was over hear to say, dam he only wanted a bag of peanuts, glad i didn’t ask for a pillow.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Fat Tony Scalia asked for a pillow, and look what happened to him!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    If you’re chanting STAND UP FIGHT BACK at a demonstration and then you
    don’t do just that when you see injustice, then just stay home. Cell
    phone videos have their place, but not if your response to a person of
    color being dragged forcibly out of an airline seat for which he has
    paid is to just film it and cry, then you are neither standing up NOR
    fighting back. Just stay home. There’s a new episode of Harlots that is a
    better use of your time.

    • Skadi

      Except that creating a record of their brutality is what prevents them from just getting away with it. And they know it, too, which is why when they arrest people they erase their photos and videos.

      • Internet Hitler

        Makes everyone an eye witness.

    • h4rr4r

      Sounds like a great way to get killed. You don’t argue or fight cops, you do what they say and let the courts deal with it later. This is not the right thing, or the cool thing, but it is the way to keep breathing.

      The videos where the best way to fight back, this dude is getting a huge payday.

      • Bet you would say the same to Dr Martin Luther King and many other people who fought for your rights

        • h4rr4r

          I don’t remember learning about Rosa Parks refusing to go with the police.

          • She refused to obey a “lawful order,” she resisted. Others did refuse to go with the police and died

          • h4rr4r

            She disobeyed the law but did not resist the police.

            Others did and yet she is the one we all know by name.

          • So what? Anonymity does not lessen the sacrifice of those who suffered violence committed under false legality

          • h4rr4r

            No, but it does show what kind of thing creates change.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I have to say, getting the officer suspended and preventing the victim from being railroaded on the word of a bad cop seems like a better use of my agency than getting arrested along side him.

      • h4rr4r

        The later part I agree on, the paid vacation I don’t see as a punishment.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Well, I hope it’s more than that, but it also gives ammunition to the lawyers of everyone else the cop has fucked up with (and you have to figure he didn’t start with this one. Elderly doctors are just not the gateway drug to publicly assaulting non-violent citizens).

      • Marceline

        This. I feel like some people are way to into the theater of activism. Once the cops arrest you, you’re as screwed as he was. Better to record what happens and be willing to testify in the lawsuit.

        • h4rr4r

          You don’t remember being young?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Also surprise surprise it was a person of color. I would not be at ALL surprised to learn that the “randomly chosen seat” was actually the one in front of him that had a white person in it, and they just decided to take out the Asian guy instead because Not White.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      But Asians are usually so nice and docile. They’re the “Model Minorities”, amiright?????

      /snark

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      Unfortunately for him ,he managed to be on the flight that had no other browner people. They had to eliminate blacks, middle easterners, and latinos before they settled on Asian.

  • h4rr4r

    Paid suspension, ouch that must hurt.
    I am sure they will investigate themselves and find they did nothing wrong.

  • george gonzalez

    And exactly why do they have to mention that this was an “Asian”, but not mention the perhaps somewhat-useful tidbit that this wasn’t a gang member, but an actual Marcus-Welby type doctor? So it’s more important to get the race out than somethign with perhaps a little relevance?

    • h4rr4r

      Why should a doctor be treated any different than a gang member?
      Either way this was a man being abused by the airline and then the police.

    • Skadi

      It’s worse–now they’re mentioning he had his license suspended for a while…as if that had any relevance to how he was treated.

      (Though it does explain why he was so frantic to get back–he couldn’t afford to miss any appointments and get complained about/reported.)

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Has Little Donnie tweeted his support for Chicago Police after they were attacked by this terrorist? #BlueLivesMatter

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Airlines announce “Guaranteed No Bump” surcharge in 5 … 4 … 3 …

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      They already have something like that. It’s called the fully refundable ticket. The price is higher, which means if they bump you, they wind up owing you a lot more usually.

  • Shoto

    I don’t even want to think about what would’ve happened if the passenger had also been wearing leggings.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    My favorite part of this is “We let the computer choose” who to bump.

    And the computer said, of all the passengers who are not members of our VIP program, you four paid the least amount for your tickets, meaning we are on the hook for the least payout if we boot you.

    • h4rr4r

      How else should they do it?
      Personally that is the least objectionable part of this. Heck, that is the ideal way to do it.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        It’s all ordinary crap more or less up until the guy gets injured because he refused to leave (which is a violation of federal law).

        I keep pointing that out, and nobody likes it. If they tell you to leave, you have to leave, or you will be arrested.

        • h4rr4r

          Yes, he should have left. However they should not have injured him.

          He could have rented a car and driven home. In less time than he likely spent waiting in the ER.

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            Not to mention, he’s got a court date and bail to pay.

          • h4rr4r

            Yup, but he will probably get paid by Chicago to go away.

        • O_Hellllllllp

          Yes, you are correct. I think what is bothering people is a) realizing THAT is the law and b) how did that get to be the law? Given this CF, that might actually get discussed now, and the constructive response is to NOT shut down that discussion.

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            Yeah, I get that. People are discovering something like it’s brand new, and it isn’t.

      • suziq

        They should keep increasing the offer (bribe) to give up their seat until it is worth it to enough people to take the offer. THAT is the free market, not calling the cops to physically remove someone. Also too-most seats these days are not refundable so when they get no-shows those seats have been paid for, they shouldn’t over book as much as they do. In this case since it was employees that needed the seat it sounds more like poor planning than over-booking which is really bad. All the way around they made dumb decisions and everything worse. I probably would have left without being dragged but would have been pretty unhappy about it. Though would they have been as willing to drag an old white lady down the aisle like that? I am guessing not.

        • Skadi

          Funny how those “free market” people never have a problem using state violence to enforce their rules.

          • h4rr4r

            If you are talking about me, you are so far off base you are going to be considered AWOL.

          • Skadi

            I wasn’t replying to your comment.

          • suziq

            I am kind of joking about free markets because of course if you allowed the “free market” to work you have to accept the consequences too. But they don’t, the government always bails out the big businesses because they are too big to fail.

        • h4rr4r

          What does the free market have to do with this?

          I agree the system is wrong, but that is the wrong time to fight that fight.

          Without overbooking ticket prices go up.

          • Bmaccnm

            Explain to me how that works. The seats have been paid for-, and can be sold as standby at the last minute. In effect, paid for twice. How does the airline lose money by not over booking?

          • h4rr4r

            Because they count on some folks not showing up.

          • Bmaccnm

            Again. If some folks don’t show up, those seats are sold as standby AT THE GATE. The airline sells the same seat twice and does not lose money.

          • h4rr4r

            They count on selling seats twice to make each seat cheaper.

            Is that clear enough? They want to make $X for the flight, they can do this by counting on folks not showing up or they can charge more for each ticket.

          • so their business model depends upon fraud, a bit like Trump

          • h4rr4r

            Their business model depends on overbooking, which is not fraud.

            Trump is like people who buy airline tickets based solely on price and then complain about how they are treated.

          • Overbooking depends upon selling something already sold – that is fraud

          • That doesn’t stop the over booking of seats being legalised fraud

          • O_Hellllllllp

            Everytime is the wrong time, apparently. The free market is the better solution to the lottery, which is what I believe you asked for?

          • Actually no, airline profits go down, that is NOT the same.

            In practise no shows (upon which over booking is based) decrease fuel costs, selling those seats just increases the money brought in while keeping fuel costs the same.

            Now go play in the traffic

          • suziq

            Some airlines do a lot better job of not overbooking too much and are better at offering incentives to give up your seat. And then handle difficult situations better. It is pretty unusual to give people boarding passes and let them board then kick them off so really the whole thing was handled very poorly. A free market solution would be to pay them to give up a seat. If $800 and a hotel is not enough then maybe $1000 and a hotel would be enough. Or they might have to go higher. But now their stock has lost a billion dollars so I guess you could say the free market has responded.

      • HazooToo

        They should rent a car to drive their employees. It’s cheaper than trying to buy passengers off a plane when they have already been seated.

        • h4rr4r

          Cars now go as fast as airplanes?

          Amazing times we live in.

          • HazooToo

            Oh come on, it’s preferable to seating your passengers, then going in and kicking four off at random, paying a total of $3200 if you’re offering $800 a person. And the payout will be much larger for physically assaulting a passenger, not just through a court settlement, but through the kind of beating they’re now taking in the media.

          • timpundit

            Not the passengers’ problem, is the main thing here.

            They (United) should have kept raising the compensation every 5 minutes or so until they get some takers. I don’t care if they go up to a million dollars, tough shit for them.

          • h4rr4r

            Federal law disagrees with you.

            I agree with you but I don’t set federal law.

          • timpundit

            I understand what the federal law says on this. You’ve posted it several times here alone, I have noticed.

            And over booking is still not the passenger’s responsibility no matter who says what.

          • h4rr4r

            Look a this everybody, we have the guy who thinks he can magically change reality by his will alone.

          • Look at this everybody a man who thinks he can change contempt and violence into the new Beatitudes by his will alone https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3bda573235b626c8dd82aa661be3e45b231a41a523f3ce526a1720f0e5937c4.gif

          • timpundit

            Look everyone, I was wrong about h4rr4r not being a douche nozzle.

            My mistake.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            I was flying from Phoenix to Columbus, Ohio (don’t remember the airline, its been that long) when they had an overbooking situation. They came out and announced it before boarding and offered everyone who volunteered a free upgrade to first class. No problem finding volunteers.

          • Ummm, drive time from Chicago the Louisville is 4 hrs, flight time (from boarding) about 30 mins shorter, delay to this aircraft due to United Airlines fraud and violence more than 2 hrs

          • h4rr4r

            I agree the doctor should have taken the money and just driven.

          • So why not the airline staff who showed AFTER the boarding had been completed.

            Are you being paid by United or are you just a despicable turd in your own right?

          • h4rr4r

            I would never even fly united. United is a terrible airline that should go out of business, but not for this reason.

            The airline owns the plane, or at least rents it.

          • zerosumgame0005

            so you are saying you are just a turd…

          • h4rr4r

            Oh noes, not name calling.

          • zerosumgame0005

            you had a choice and you choose to be a turd. it’s all on you dipso

          • h4rr4r

            Oh no, more name calling!

          • No, it will be leasing the aircraft or hiring from another airline.

            … and by omission you are admitting to being a despicable turd

          • h4rr4r

            Oh noes name calling. Clearly the sort of thing you do when you are a grownup.

          • Longstreet63

            Oh, we do that sort of thing all the time around here. It’s only because we mean it.
            Kiss and make up happens later.
            Sometimes.

          • h4rr4r

            I am actually around here a lot, enough to realize I have not donated this month. I gotta go do that.
            I am aware of the canned clams and the libels.

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            lol – I wish I was being paid by somebody. Never worked for United.

            I did a short gig for Delta once. They make their contractors always travel on a voucher, and if anybody needs your seat, you get booted, and then they yell at you for being late when you flew on their planes.

          • timpundit

            No. Nor is anyone saying that. And how fast cars go is not the point. They could hitchhike or take a rocket ship it’s not important here, nor is it the duty of passengers to figure it out for United.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    “United’s stock is falling 3.7% and wiping $830 million off the airline’s market cap”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdOPBP9vuZA

  • Opalescent Riddles

    Does anybody remember
    Dispatcher: Ma’am, we’re not gonna go down there and enforce your Western Bacon Cheeseburger. (http://www.snopes.com/crime/cops/burger.asp)
    ?

    It’s the same thing here. The air police should have said to United, “We’re not gonna go on your plane and enforce your lack of seating. You made this problem by trying to make more money, so solve by spending some money.”

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      It was aviation security that hurt the guy.

      It’s SOP to notify aviation security if somebody refuses to follow a flight crew order, and refusing to follow a flight crew order is a federal crime.

      I feel for the guy, but I could have told him it doesn’t end well. Injury is kind of unexpected, but arrest is totally expected.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        “Expected” depends on who’s doing the expecting. I would wager that most reasonable people do not expect that they can be removed from a plane for considering $800 insufficient compensation for being bumped.

    • h4rr4r

      No, this is not comparable or even similar.

      It is federal law that if the crew orders you off the plane you have to leave.

      • Internet Hitler

        Do they need a reason beyond “we want your seat, asshole”?

        What they’re saying is that their crew is more important than their customers. I find it difficult to believe there isn’t a better solution. Any other crew available that can be in KY when they need them? Maybe even hiring a charter or accessing another airline with space?
        Nope. Let’s bring in Lucille to eeny, meeny, miny, moe on some stupid sheep on our plane. Ridiculous.

        • h4rr4r

          I don’t see how any of this enters into the reality that it is a federal crime to disobey a lawful crew order on an airplane.

          The reasons don’t matter. Those like your arguments are something for courts, later.

          • Opalescent Riddles

            I get that following crew orders is necessary to preserve order and all that, but if in effect “get off the plane for no reason other than we can make more money with you off it” is a lawful order, then I think the law is wrong.

          • h4rr4r

            I do too, but I think you should fight that later.
            There is a time and a place and that ain’t it.

          • Opalescent Riddles

            And theoretical conflicts with practical, as so often happens in life.

          • O_Hellllllllp

            Why is that not “it”? Seems like pretty effective civil disobedience to me.

          • An Outhouse for the Resistance

            It sure seems he’s getting the proper amount of attention to this issue now. I doubt that would have happened if he ‘saved it for the courts, later’

          • Define a “lawful order”

            Overselling is fraud

          • h4rr4r

            Legal order.

            No overselling is not fraud. If it was you would see them prosecuted.

          • Selling goods or services paid for by another person is, by definition, fraudulent conversion. The fact that it cannot be charged as fraud does not stop it being fraud

        • Longstreet63

          If only United knew someone who had a bunch of passenger planes, maybe their employees would be able to get places…

      • Little Doll
        • h4rr4r

          Yeah, that is not what the word means.

          I totally agree the situations is FUBAR, but no point in getting arrested for nothing.

          • Little Doll

            I know what it means. It’s just that I’ve never seen you here before, you hide your posting history, and you seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time telling people they are wrong to be upset about this issue. Perhaps a better term would be “United shill?” Anyway, whatever. It’s legal, OK. We get it, you don’t have to say it over and over and over.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9fe7e3d4add59dabc3c8c188469118e4b16beaf8684b088344fcc01e409058b1.gif

          • timpundit

            A lot of our comment history is hidden.

          • h4rr4r

            Is that a self portrait?

            I pay extra to avoid united.

          • efoveks

            A little investigating would tell you h4rr4r’s been posting for a while and is not a “concern troll”. While I disagree with h4rr4r on this one, still your meme responses are over the top.

          • Little Doll

            It’s hard to investigate what is hidden, but OK. If this is indeed the case, I stand corrected. As for meme responses being ‘over the top,’ have you SEEN some of the memes on here? ;)

          • efoveks

            If you keep clicking on a person’s avatar, even if they have set their profile to private, if you look on the lefthand side of the page you will see when they joined disqus. It isn’t foolproof, but at least you can still find out when a person set up the profile they are currently using to try to decide if they really are trolling. Anyway, save those memes– you’re gonna need them for the real trolls. :D

            And yah, I have seen some of the memes here, and some that I cannot unsee …..

            ;)

          • timpundit

            The only thing worse than having a reasonable post get an internet meme response, is a response of an internet meme that isn’;t even germane.

          • Saxo the Grammarian

            And there is no point in roughing up a citizen for nothing.

          • h4rr4r

            Well I bet the cops had fun doing it, so not for nothing.

          • zerosumgame0005

            you do know that was exactly the attitude of “Good Germans” in the 30’s don’t you?

          • h4rr4r

            Wow, just wow.

            You are comparing the deaths of millions with one guy refusing to get off a plane and getting a huge payoff for being mistreated by police. Wow.

          • zerosumgame0005

            you’re the “go along to get along or you get the SHIT beat out of you!” guy, so accept you have a lot of work to do to get into the 21st Century mofo

          • h4rr4r

            No, I am the go along to live guy.

            Fight the cops in court not on the street. In court you can win, in the street they can shoot you.

      • Just because the airlines have had fraud legalised does not mean it is moral or in accord with natural justice and common law. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d00a1b31607ba226bc5bfd9bab202962b3c1ec5a399627656c242e268fe18b18.gif

        • h4rr4r

          Natural justice? This seemed like might makes right, so they got that one.

      • bettycat

        Yeah, that punk Rosa Parks should have obeyed the laws of Alabama!

        • h4rr4r

          You are aware that she broke the law and then left with the police under her own power right? She unlike this fellow was aware that it was safer to walk off to her arrest.

          Mind you comparing her struggle to an overbooked flight is not something I would consider.

          • bettycat

            But your argument is that because it is the law one is obligated to comply. I disagree.

          • h4rr4r

            No, my argument is that is not the place to fight the law, nor should one have unrealistic expectations of compensation.

            Break away, and then go with the police and then fight it in court. Just like she did. That is the right way.

      • Moar Wordz

        The Doctor felt that protecting his one remaining job took precedence, by fighting to stay on the plane so that he could show up for work the next day.
        They ( United Airlines and Corporate Officers ) could’ve de-escalated the situation by noting his considerable objection and asking some one else to get off the plane.
        Also think that the Media’s revealing in detail his past felonies is extremely biased and unorthodox journalism, that violates his right to privacy.
        Not everyone has the time or money to fight battles like these in court.

        • h4rr4r

          I am not sure he committed those crimes. I have seen reports it was another doctor.

  • hendenburg2
  • Bitter Scribe

    Peripheral issue: The fool of a Chicago police commissioner whom Rahm Emanuel threw under the bus after the Laquan McDonald shooting is making noises about running for mayor. Or at least he’s saying “a lot of people” are telling him to run, prompting this great line from Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg: “The man can’t even float his own candidacy without fobbing off the blame onto others.”

  • Daniel Hooper

    I’ve been watching APB, which is set in Chicago. It’s about a CEO that buys a police district after his friend is murdered saving his life, and overhauls the ancient station with bleeding edge tech. Sadly, it seems like the fact the officers in said district are genuinely good and competent is the most fictitious part of the show, if this story’s any indication…

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    Were there no muslins on that flight that could have been thrown off first?

    • Hannelore Maxwell

      I think you misspelled moose lambs.

  • PixieThis

    I hate this story. I hate it because Mr. Pixie and I are going on a well deserved vacation next month and he arranged the plane tickets…on United. They had the best airfare and timing for where we wanted to go. I’m already frustrated with them (sorry dear friend who’s been a flight attendant with them for years) over the leggings incident because I’m so very frustrated and angry about women, young women and girls being sexualized for their clothing choices. But this is beyond the pale to drag a man off a plane WHO PAID FOR HIS FUCKING TICKET!

  • Khavrinen

    Yeah, he “fell” and bashed in his own face. Reminds me of the old joke about the “suicide” of the star witness against the Mob boss– “Thirty-five stab wounds in the back, worst case of suicide I ever saw.”

  • Ergoetal

    “…at which point Aviation Police were summoned…”

    We mean the Corporate Police, right?

  • Ergoetal

    “…the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned…”

    Unfair. Not only did they suspend him but they lower-cased his title!

  • Querolous

    Hair Twitler will solve this by prohibiting any use of cell phones on airplanes. No pix: no problem

  • jaspersdad

    How long before trump tweets “United is a tremendous and beautiful airline”……

    • handyhippie65

      3…2…1…

  • Longstreet63

    Apparently, this person was A) Once given the attention of the police for something and B) not actually white.
    Investigation over, no wrongdoing found!

  • Notreelyhelping

    🎶Fly the fascist skies…🎶

  • handyhippie65

    is it any wonder i plan to take a week off of work to drive to california in the fall, rather than submit to a cavity search by the tsa, and be treated like a inmate by prison guards posing as flight attendants, just to be able to fly?

  • undercover epicurean

    In related news, Chicago Aviation Police are essentially glorified mall cops who have been campaigning for years to be armed. Fat chance, guys.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/viral-video-kills-chance-aviation-security-officers-will-be-armed/amp/

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/brown-aviation-cops-shoot-themselves-in-the-foot-in-gun-debate/

  • Celtic_Gnome

    So, the message here is that if you’re asked to debark because they overbooked the plane, you damned well better say, “Yes, please”?

    Are you still allowed to say, “Fuck you” to every airline employee you encounter?

    • Jeff Mc Donald

      As long as you don’t mind those pesky “no fly lists”.

  • kaydenpat

    And the smearing of the victim has already begun. Not sure how it is relevant that he had some issues in his past. We all do.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      I saw there has been some of that. I also saw a lot of folks of different political persuasions responding that “yeah! he PAID for his seat, the fact United could not handle scheduling isn’t HIS fault.” (I suspect the airlines are not as beloved as they’d like to think. Still, basic courtesy and competence are not unreasonable expectations. I thought) Maybe United can get a flunky to report he said bad words too. WTF is wrong with United? They could not handle the scheduling, BUY a ticket on a competitor and send the GD flt crew that way. Some idiot mgr thought he could force the issue, now United is getting the kind of publicity you can’t buy. Usually because no PR firm would advise they should.

  • azeyote

    i got offered the $1,000 many years ago when it was a thing – i took it and flew the next day – now a grand just ain’t enough when you have a seat – every part of this story is sadly what america is all about –

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    The new slogan will no doubt be…
    The Chicago P.D : Beating the shit out of people since 1968!

    • lurch394

      At least that long.

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