CHICAGO – The video clip of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from
an overbooked flight went viral on social media, and people can’t stop mocking
the company, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
Under the hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos, Twitter users widened their
imagination to make fun of the company.
“United Airlines, the only airline where you can get a nose bleed while the
plane is still on the ground.” “Fear of flying? We help you by dragging you
out.” “United Airlines, pay for the seating, stay for the beating.” Those were
among the satirical tweets that directly pointed out the violent nature of the
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s apology on Monday, which said United
Airlines “re-accommodated” the customers, drew fierce criticism and forced him
to issue a stronger apology on Tuesday.
One tweet quipped: “The stock market is re-accommodating Airlines,”
referring to heavy losses of the company on the stock market.
Shares of the United Airlines plunged nearly 4 per cent in the morning
session Tuesday, and the company lost about US$800 million in total value.
It is not unusual for US airlines to bump travellers from overbooked
According to the US Department of Transportation, almost half a million
passengers of major US airlines got bumped last year, but most of them
volunteered to give up their seats in return for incentives.