United Airlines video: Man dragged off flight so staff could take his seat, leaked email reveals

A passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight was removed so staff could take his seat, a leaked email to airline employees has revealed.

Footage of the incident was shared widely on social media and has prompted outrage. The man – who said he was a doctor and needed to get home to treat patients the next day – was filmed with blood flowing down his chin afterwards, saying: “I want to go home, I want to go home.”

  • KillerMarmot

    After the “United Breaks Guitars” incident, United Airlines instructed their employees about how important it was to treat passengers and their belongings with respect, even showing the music video in order to drive their message home.

    Obviously it didn’t take.

  • Ed

    I love one comments quip about United Airlines…

    “We put the hospital in hospitality”

  • The Butterfly

    This is the worst PR move in marketing history.

  • Martin B

    Fly the Friendly Skies, with United!

    Ha ha ha!

  • DaninVan

    ‘The actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not
    condoned,” says a spokesman from the Chicago Department of Aviation

    How is that “obviously” ? The Airline policy has been in place for a long time; nobody has questioned it?
    I noted that the ‘thug’ doing the dirty work isn’t in uniform. Why was that? (Management?)

  • Dana Garcia

    In what other business can the same item be sold twice? It’s a business model designed by the mafia.

    Overbooking is BS. The government needs to make that go away.

  • tom_billesley

    It’s BS when they say “overbooked”. If a flight is overbooked, a fairly common occurrence, some passengers are left at the gate, not dragged out of seats they have already taken. United wanted seats for relief crew, presumably needed unexpectedly for a flight elsewhere, and they wouldn’t want to delay that flight or charter an executive jet to take their crew.

  • garyk2

    Could have been handled at the gate before boarding. It happened to me last summer with aircanada. They booked me another flight with westjet (departure 2 hrs later from my original schedule: TO:Regina). $400 for my inconvenience.

  • mauser 98

    4 passengers were offered $800 and hotel for night
    3 took it
    passenger dragged off claimed to be a doctor and had to meet patients next day

  • mauser 98

    Doctor dragged off United flight was felon who traded prescription drugs for secret gay sex with patient


    • Clausewitz

      And this is relevant to this story how? This all came to light after the fact. In a court of law this would not even be counted as evidence. Sad as it may be, Scumbags have rights also.

      • mauser 98

        yes… should not be an issue but it will be
        ..betchya an army of lawyers on the trail

  • mauser 98

    …..United should have offered the doc $500 million

    ‘United’s stock is falling 2.6% and wiping $600 million off the airline’s market cap’


  • DaninVan

    Mauser98; how is the Dr’s. personal history relevant to being assaulted by Airport ‘police’ thugs?
    It’s OK to assault (allegedly) gay passengers? Some countries would throw him/them off the airport roof…

  • tom_billesley

    Dirt being dished, even though not relevant to the “overbooking” incident apart from an anger management issue.

    Doctor dragged off United flight was felon who traded prescription drugs for secret gay sex with patient half his age and took them himself – and he needed anger management, was ‘not forthright’ and had control issues, psychiatrist found

    • Clausewitz

      He probably also voted for Trump, the bastard.

  • Gary

    Hire United to handle the illegals to be deported.