Footage surfaced on Twitter on Sunday of a soldier being forcefully removed from an overbooked United flight going from Chicago to Louisville.
Tyler Bridges, another passenger on the plane, live-tweeted the incident and registered a video of the passenger being removed. The video shown in the passenger scream, fighting, and then finally being dragged down the aisle.
Jayse Anspach, another fellow passenger, also shared video footage at a different slant. From Anspach’s video, the passenger can be seen with blood on his cheek as he is dragged away.
As of now, details of why the incident existed met chiefly from Bridges and Anspachs’ tweets. According to them, United asked for voluntaries to give up their sits so that United crew members who had to work the next day could be accommodated.
After no one volunteered, passengers were selected by the crew to give up their sits. The soldier in the video and his wife selected to. Nonetheless, he claimed he had to stay on the flight because of the fact that he had patients to see in the morning.
United has issued a statement regarding the incident, according to Chicago regional report 😛 TAGEND
Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for voluntaries, one customer refused to leave the aircraft freely and law enforcement was asked to come to the door. We apologize for the overbook situation.
UPDATE: Apr. 10 9:49 a.m. PT : strong > em>
United secreted another short statement, from CEO Oscar Munoz via Twitter, in which he defended for “having to re-accommodate these passengers.”