A passenger on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, KY was asked to leave due to overbooking, and he refused.
United said they NEEDED four people to give up their seats so four of their employees could get to Louisville. They offered $800, a hotel, and a flight on Monday afternoon, but no one took them up on their offer. So they moved on to the next option, and that was randomly select passengers. Some of the people who were randomly picked wound up leaving the plane, but one 69-year-old guy wouldn’t go. He said he was a doctor, he needed to get home to his patients, and he couldn’t wait to fly out on Monday afternoon like they were offering.
United Airlines ended up calling security, and three guards grabbed the guy and dragged him off the plane screaming.
The guy wound up bleeding pretty bad from his mouth after it smashed into an arm rest. Police later took him to a hospital.
United’s CEO offered an apology ‘This is an upsetting event . . . I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers we are reaching out to this passenger to talk to him directly.’
Chicago Police are currently investigating the situation. The CEO later sent an email to the employees describing the passenger as “disruptive and belligerent.” So there might be a different side to the story. Either way, the Chicago police say they’re investigating what happened.