Video shows a passenger forcibly dragged off a United Airlines plane

Video shows a passenger forcibly dragged off a United Airlines plane

A passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight by law enforcement on Sunday after refusing to give up his seat.

According to a person who says they were on the flight, the airline needed room on the overbooked aircraft to reposition crew for another flight. But when it couldn’t find enough volunteers, even after offering $800, the airline selected the man, who is a doctor, and several other passengers to deplane.

The video quickly made its way around the internet and social media.

In a statement to Business Insider, United Airlines said:

“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 apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”


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20 Responses

  1. LagiNaLangAko23 says:

    They asked for “volunteers” and yet they dragged him out when he refused to get off? There’s no way they can try to make it look like they didn’t just forced passengers off. Disgusting, even the worst Asian airlines don’t do this on their domestic flights.

  2. jen says:

    That is assault, he didn’t have any obligation to leave his seat. He’d paid for it. I hope he sues the HELL out of that airline and gets MILLIONS. They need to be held accountable, he is a human being and they targeted him and beat him. Its disgusting. Only in America is THIS considered “customer service!”

  3. 我在角落患过伤风 says:

    Unfortunately, United Airlines stock price increase 1% after this incident. For the past month, UA stock price has been increasing. People are gonna totally forget this. Racism towards Asians is never real “racism”. People are gonna forget this very quickly, and make United Airlines great again.
    Truth hurts, but … sigh.

  4. Deangelo Vickers says:

    I will NEVER fly United again.

  5. SS KIM says:

    This is racism l’m really disappointed, you are always say “this is not racial discrimiation” But this is definitely racism.

  6. Hank Oh says:

    you know what? there were 3 asians over 4 “randomly” picked people to leave the plane. wow.

  7. rodrigo gonzalez says:

    UNITED YOU HAVE LOST A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE. shame on you and your policies.

  8. Johnny Epic says:

    To all the people that are saying that whoever took the man off the plane is in the right by beating him before taking him off the flight, I hope this image changes everything

  9. Linxiao Zhang says:

    I’m so sad. He paid for the seat and here is what he got.

  10. yiheng wang says:

    身为一个亚洲人我感到震惊 这就是美国 一个肮脏的国家

  11. J Mao says:

    No one even stand up to stop this or help him. shame on you American pussies. fight when it’s unnecessary and try to act tough all the time. but when someone so close really needs your help, where are you? where are your morality and faith? are those only for hollywood movies? where is your freedom? is this freedom? American are a place full of hypicritical people, the world know this fact better everyday.

  12. hey Ximena says:


  13. ibram Adly says:

    There are differently some paid trolls in the comments trying to justify what United did. It’s very obvious

  14. Micah Ma says:

    This is just bullshit, this guy paid for his seat and “randomly picked” by United Airline to give up on his seat. He said he is a doctor and there is a patient need to be treated so he can not give up. What happened just disgust me. NO APOLOGY NO EXPLANATION AND NOBODY CARE, cause it happened to ASIANS???? #ASIANLIVESMATTER

  15. Your Mum says:

    Society disgusts me. This video is horrible, not just because of the man being dragged. People witnessing this just record it instead of getting out of their seats and helping the poor man.

  16. lambent123 says:

    The idioot UA manager should have offered $5K instead of now being slapped with a law suit worth tens of millions of dollars. Yet, the stock price of UA went up today. Expect it to come down quite a lot in the coming days. As a trader, I say wait till it drops 25-30% in the coming weeks.

  17. krizzkalikk says:


  18. MichaelXuJun says:

    Over Booked is different from over-seated. And the guy is on board already. The one who’s going to occupy his seat should have been waiting for next flight. I’m not sure if it’s the case in American law. But it does not make sense to me that the one who waiting for next have right to take the seat from someone already taken. And the last word I want to ask can I say some dirty words to UA and his shamed CEO?

  19. GojiFan05 says:

    “Randomly generated passengers” is United’s excuse for racial profiling. I doubt this would happen as quickly if he were to be Caucasian.

  20. Mad Veteran says:

    Why not offer more money for a seat? C’mon. This is a case of supply and demand. The passengers had the goods the airline was in demand of the goods. Price goes up and someone will take the offer. I don’t typically blanket a whole company and do understand isolated incidents but in this case I can, without any reservation (lol), fuck United. If I was that passenger who was brutally removed, I’d sue United and the police department involved.

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