Yesterday, the internet reacted with outrage when a doctor was forcibly removed from a United flight flying from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The footage of a 69-year-old man described by an eyewitness as a “Chinese American doctor” being dragged along the ground, screaming as a security guard took him out of his seat as he steadfastly refused, resonated in the hearts of many. The video was viewed 14 million times with nearly 185,000 shares.
In the wake of this footage, many people across the world were outraged at the treatment of the passenger, and for the second time in three weeks, plenty of internet ire was directed at United Airlines. Its Twitter feed was once again inundated with angry tweets from those concerned at the treatment of passengers on a United Airlines flight, after two teenage girls were barred from boarding a flight on March 26 for wearing leggings.
In the wake of the unfolding internet story, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz addressed the public in an attempt to weather the storm. However, his statements did little to calm irate internet users, who branded Munoz’s comments as tone deaf after he made an apology for “re-accommodating” the passenger. A memo addressed to his staff on the evening of the incident, meanwhile, has only made the internet angrier.
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