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The internet absolutely roasts United Airlines for the PR disaster of the year

And they 100% deserve it!


It may only be April, but our money is already going on United Airlines as the PR disaster of the year. Seriously, they’re having a mare of a 2017. Just last week they caused a scandal by refusing to allow three young girls onto a flight because they were wearing leggings, claiming that this was against the airline’s dress code.

But we have a feeling this one will be a lot harder to explain away.

Yesterday, in a shocking show of brutality airline security for United Airlines were filmed forcibly dragging an elderly passenger from his seat when it transpired that the flight was overbooked. Flight attendants had randomly selected four passengers to leave the plane, offering them $800 in compensation. The first three left the flight without complaint but the fourth, a 69 year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, declined to leave saying he had to be in hospital the next day.

Yes, United Airlines just did the PR equivalent of shooting Bambi’s mother.

Apparently the doctor was eventually allowed to reboard and United have issued an apology, saying that the actions were not at all condoned, but quite frankly the damage has been done. We should start a petition for United Airline to change their slogan from “Fly the Friendly Skies” to “Fly the Unfriendly Skies”.


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Since the news broke the incident has been the subject of many parodies, with comedian Jimmy Kimmel weighing in with his own flight-safety video. Skip to 4:23 mark.

The incident has not gone down well on Twitter either with many users ridiculing the way United Airlines handled the situation, comparing it to ‘The Hunger Games’ amongst other things:

It’s enough to make anyone never want to fly again.

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Written by David Farrell

David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".

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