Social Media is reacting to a shocking video of a police officer and airline security dragging a man off of a United Airlines plane that had been overbooked. However, despite complaints coming from other passengers about this man’s treatment, United Airlines have said: “We have a number of customers on board that aircraft and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there.” With that said, A police officer involved in the incident has been placed on leave, the authorities said.

It has been reported that an internal United Airlines flight was overbooked, passengers were warned before they entered the plane. United Airlines supposedly asked for volunteers willing to wait for a later plane, with full reimbursement given for their ticket, however, no one came forward. United Airlines then used a computer to randomly select four people to be removed from the flight. At this point, one man whom was selected ‘refused’ to leave the airplane. This is where the video begins:

Here’s the man’s face

CNBC reported

According to Audra Bridges, who posted the video to her Facebook page Sunday evening, United management came on board the flight and used a computer to randomly select four passengers who would be removed from that trip.

The man in the video — one of those four randomly selected — reportedly claimed he was a doctor and needed to see his patients at the hospital in the morning, then proceeded to say he would call his lawyers.

After being forcibly ejected by three security officers, the man was able to get back on the plane, though his face was bloody, and he seemed disoriented, Bridges said. United offered no update to the flight’s other passengers, who waited for more than two hours for things to calm down before taking off, she added.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said the incident was “not in accordance with our standard operating procedure.” It also said that the dragging of the passenger was “obviously not condoned by the department.”

“That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a thorough review of the situation,” the department said in a statement to NBC News.

It is hard to understand how a flight can be overbooked and the person whom is told to leave is already on the plane in their seats.

The New York times reported

Charlie Hobart, a United spokesman, said in a telephone interview on Monday that “we had asked several times, politely” for the man to relinquish his seat before force was used.

“We had a customer who refused to leave the aircraft,” he said. “We have a number of customers on board that aircraft, and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there.”

There are five things wrong with this video.

  1. Randomly selecting who needs to leave may sound fair in theory. However if someone needs to be on that flight ie a doctor, it is hard to simply expect them to cancel their plans.
  2. Dragging someone off the flight like some kind of animal is not ok.
  3. Good use of a camera phone. This man’s treatment has been documented for all to see and hopefully, he will get some kind of justice. However, some people were still happy to sit by and pretending nothing was happening around them.
  4. Protesting and complaining but not helping. This one is the hardest points for me to say. In truth, we never know what we would do in that situation. But, I will say we need to start acknowledging that screaming ‘oh my god’ has not yet helped a single person when they are being brutalized by the police or anyone else. Yet, again it is easy for me to type that in hindsight.
  5. Policy Vs Practice. Throughout society, we have people who make rules but then expect someone else to implement those rules. This implementation is usually by someone with a badge or in a special uniform. Often the rules ignore our shared humanity, just as much as someone putting on a special uniform sometimes makes some people treat their fellow humans in a way they would not want to be treated themselves. No doubt the police officer on leave is not a ‘bad’ person. He may just be another person following instruction that were not ‘good policy’.

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