Stop Airline Overbooking in the Airline Industry
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A man was violently removed from a United Airlines flight by aviation police officials at Chicago’s O’Hare international airport on Sunday, in an incident captured on video by several other passengers.
In one clip, posted by passenger Audra Bridges to Facebook, guards can be seen aggressively grabbing, and then dragging, the passenger down the aisle of the plane, which was bound for Louisville, Kentucky. Other passengers can be heard screaming and shouting “Oh my God” and “Look at what you did to him.”
United Airlines boss says passenger dragged from plane was 'belligerent'
The airline said in a statement that the flight was overbooked, and that no passengers agreed to voluntarily give up their seats. United said airline representatives chose four passengers to leave the plane at random based on ticket class, frequent flier status and check-in time, and that one man selected refused to leave his seat.
The airline went on to say that he was being denied boarding, however, you cannot deny something which has already been granted and this man was already on the plane.
The process of overbooking is one derived from greed and profit and in circumstances like this it is a direct violation of a persons fundamental human right to respect and dignity, pursuant to the UN Convention on Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. A person allowed on a plane should reasonably expect to fly, the process of randomly removing passengers who have paid in good faith, the same as any other passenger is offensive.
We call on all regulators and Governments to pass legislation ending overbooking.
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