Passenger Violently Dragged From Airplane After Airline Double-Booked His Seat
Doctor left bloody by cops because the flight was 'overbooked'
Shocking footage has emerged of an elderly doctor being violently dragged from his seat by police after the airline overbooked the flight and he was randomly selected him to be "removed" from the airplane.
Outraged passengers filmed the incident on their phones, which shows blood pouring from the man's mouth after cops smashed his face into an armrest during the melee.
It occurred on a United Airlines flight that departed Chicago and was bound for Louisville on April 9, and the man was reportedly a doctor who was flying home for work, according to another passenger on the flight.
One of the airport police officers involved in the inhumane display has now been suspended over the incident with the Chicago Department of Aviation making a statement saying that it "obviously" didn't condone the cop's actions.
The dramatic footage, captured by stunned passengers, shows the man being dragging him down the aisle and off the plane after airport security wrenched him from his seat.
One passenger can be heard yelling out, "No, this is wrong" as the elderly man lets out a bloodcurdling scream during the violent ordeal.
Passengers immediately took to Twitter to voice their outrage posting images and videos of the distressing fracas.
Tyler Bridges tweeted:
"Not a good way to treat a doctor trying to get to work because they overbooked.
"He told the police and United employees he had to be at the hospital in the morning to see patients."
United Airlines told WHAS11:
"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."
United Airlines' CEO, Oscar Munoz later made a statement condemning the officers' actions and apologized for the incident, saying:
"This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers."
"Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation."
The Chicago Department of Aviation added:
"The incident on United flight 3411 was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned by the Department."
"That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a thorough review of the situation."