There’s one cardinal rule of flying today. No matter whether you’re right or wrong, when the flight crew tells you it’s time to get off the plane, you need to go. A man decided that wasn’t the best course of action recently. He was forcibly removed.
The video below is making the rounds on the Internet:
The Back Story
Thanks to my friend Stefan for sending this article over earlier this morning. This gentleman’s flight was oversold. United asked for volunteers, offering a $400 voucher to take a later flight. They didn’t have enough takers, so they bumped the voucher up to $800. When still faced with not enough volunteers, United picked a few individuals and removed them from the flight. This gentleman decided he didn’t want to go peacefully.
A United Airlines representative contacted the authorities, and a few officers working at the airport removed the passenger from the flight. As you can see from the video, it didn’t end well.
The Final Two Pennies
I do feel badly for the passenger who was dragged off the plane. Unfortunately, this is the reality of air travel today. I was in a situation last year on a plane where a flight attendant became upset with me. I never raised my voice, nor did I argue with her. She disappeared and a moment later the pilot showed up and asked me and another passenger to step off the plane. It was just that easy to be regarded as a “threat”. He said the crew didn’t feel safe with us on the plane and asked if we were going to be trouble. We were polite and the pilot let us back on.
It’s really important to understand that the moment you step onto the plane, you don’t have the same rights to argue/debate/discuss things that you would 10 feet away on the jet bridge. I’m not saying I agree with it, but it’s the atmosphere we all fly in today.
Bottom line? When they ask you to get off the plane, do it.
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