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United in profit: Overbooking and violent removal all part of the service

Forcibly removed United Airlines passenger (screen shot via

United Airlines violently dragged a passenger off an overbooked flight in full view of shocked passengers, but it’s all in the fine print, I write in Independent Australia



Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

Yes, a disgusting thing to do, especially considering that this doctor needed to see his patients the following morning.

However passenger abuses are not limited to this airline. Australian and NZ airlines also abuse their passengers in various ways. The answer is to get the tour company or travel agent to apply for cash compensation if you feel you have been mistreated e.g.

Flight plan changed after you have paid and are switched to a cheaper carrier and/or a 2 leg journey at a less godly hour.

Being switched to a flight which arrives after midnight, and after you have missed the welcome dinner at 7.00 p.m.

Not receiving the meals that were supposed to have been included.

Having your suitcase smashed to smithereens by baggage handlers and then being expected to repack it into a new suitcase, with all of your intimate apparel on public display. Then almost missing your connecting flight.

Being shunted all over the plane to satisfy the needs of late comers.

Comment from Kay
Time April 17, 2017 at 6:59 am

The action by United Airlines was horrific, and I hope the injured doctor sues and wins big time!

However, I travel extensively both domestically and internationally. None of these bad things that Lorikeet has described have ever happened!

The US is the worst for over-booking, but even there I have never had a problem. Just stick to reputable airlines and you should not have any problems! My only issue is having enough leg room – as I am very tall – and Australian domestic airlines are fairly reliable in that regard. The worst? South African Airlines!