With the latest forcible removal of a passenger incident, is United Airlines getting more “unfriendly” in recent years?
By: Ringo Bones
To those old enough to remember the 1970s and the 1980s, United Airlines’ slogan - “Fly the friendly skies” – seems so surreal in the wake of hijacking incidents by PLO affiliated “terrorists”. Fast forward to our pos-9/11 world, it seems that United Airlines is getting more “unfriendly” to the casual, unwary passenger. But is there some truth to this?
The latest incident of the forcible removal of a Vietnamese-American doctor named David Dao captured by an amateur smartphone camera footage taken by a fellow passenger of the incident has since gone viral a few days ago has resulted in some negative repercussions to the famed airline company when it comes to its existing policy when it comes to overbooked flights – i.e. it’s stocks closed lower a few days ago following the incident. And it also fueled the “liberal conspiracy theory scene” of the rollback of civil liberties enjoyed by non-white Anglo Saxon Americans during the Obama administration giving credence to the concerns that in Donald J. Trump’s America, its going to be a “reckoning day” for non-white Anglo Saxon ethnic groups and hence Dr. David Dao and his legal team stating that his forcible removal incident is much worse than the hardship he endured during the Fall of Saigon during his exodus for political asylum into America.
Back in 2009, United Airlines got under fire on the shabby treatment of country music star Dave Carroll’s guitars that eventually resulted in United Airlines paying millions of dollars to Carroll to the damage and mental anguish due to the damage of his guitars used in his musical tour at the time. And just last month, a group of female passengers were denied entry because they were wearing supposedly “inappropriate” leggings by United Airlines’ standards.