Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, sent out the following apology.
However, perhaps the most disturbing statement came directly from the Chicago Police Department.
“At approximately 6:00 p.m., a 69-year-old male Asian airline passenger become 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 scene attempted to carry the individual off of 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.”
Yes, you read that right. Chicago Police are claiming the man sustain his injuries because he “fell” — not because he was violently ripped out of his seat by security. We’re going to let you guys rewatch the videos again and let you decide.
“We find the incident that occurred on the United Airlines flight leaving Chicago as unconscionable. It is excessive for an airline to use police force to remove a paying passenger against his will. We demand an investigation of what happened and a public explanation of how the passengers who were requested to deboard the flight were selected and treated.”
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