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United Airlines found themselves in hot water this week after a distressing video emerged of a man being dragged off a flight against his will.

The man was asked to leave the airplane before take-off as the flight had been overbooked. When he refused, a police officer forcibly removed the man, leaving other passengers in shock at what they were seeing.

The video has been shared around the world and thousands have expressed their disgust at how the situation was handled.

The footage even proved too much for Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin, the man responsible for some of the most gruesome and deadly scenes to hit out TV screens in decades.

The author is not usually known for his social commentary, but on Tuesday morning George called for the resignation of Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO, on his LiveJournal blog.

"I don't often comment on current events, but the story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight — for no reason but to accommodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he'd bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat — has me seeing red," 

The CEO finally apologised for the incident in a statement posted to the company's official Twitter account on Tuesday.

He wrote: "Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologise to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard… No one should ever be mistreated this way." 

Shares in United Airlines dropped 3.8 per cent following the release of video and it's hard to see how the company will move on from this appalling incident. 

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United Airlines was, unsurprisingly, on the receiving end of considerable criticism yesterday after footage emerged which showed a passenger being forcibly removed from one of its aircrafts.

Bloodied and traumatised after being dragged through the plane's narrow aisle, the individual at the centre of the shocking footage repeatedly told fellow passengers he 'wanted to go home'.

As the footage went viral, United Airlines responded to the scandal, but their misuse of the word 'volunteer' did not escape the attention of the folk behind Merriam-Webster dictionary who promptly shared their statement and highlighted the error.

"Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologise for the overbook situation," read the statement,

Taking issue with the reply, Merriam-Webster's Twitter account hit back, saying: "Volunteer' means “someone who does something without being forced to do it.”

Following the airline's feeble justification for the incident, the dictionary continued to share their perspective on the response on their website.

"Some of the interest in the definition of volunteer may come from the wording of the statement from United, since a person who did not volunteer to leave was then described as refusing 'to leave the aircraft voluntarily' — and subsequently being forced to do it," they added.

It is understood that searches for the definition of the word 'volunteer' spiked by a staggering 1,900 per cent following the release of the United Airlines statement.



16 people have been taken to hospital after a United Airlines flight from Houston to London Heathrow was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon this morning.

The Boeing 767-300 jet – which was diverted after experiencing “severe and unexpected” turbulence – was met by ambulance paramedics upon landing at the Clare airport shortly before 6am.

According to RTÉ News, 14 passengers and two members of cabin crew staff were taken to University Hospital Limerick with minor injuries.

The airline is providing relevant care and support for those involved.

Flight UA-880 had been carrying 207 passengers and 13 crew members.

Feat image: Shannon Group


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