A very disturbing video has hit the internet and people are shocked watching it. A doctor, who was also a passenger on a United Airlines plane, was knocked out and then dragged off a plane by a officer.
The reason? The flight was overbooked and the airline wanted his seat.
Despite the man paying for his ticket, four United employees needed seats so the crew asked for volunteers. Nobody offered their seat so the crew had the computer randomly choose four seats that would have to get off the plane.
Three passengers got off, but one man wouldn’t leave his seat. According to another passenger, Tyler Bridges, the man was a doctor who had patients to see the next day and could not get off.
Bridges posted the video to the internet of the doctor being dragged off the plane by force.
“Everyone on the plane kind of was freaking out,” Bridges recalled. “Kids were crying. Everyone was upset [and] really disturbed by the scene. It looked like he was knocked out. Unconscious. He had a bloody nose like his nose was busted, his glasses were off, [and] he was really in rough shape as they pulled him off the plane limp.”
The man was taken off the plane right before the United flight from Chicago to Louisville took off.
The officer who dragged the passenger has been placed on leave according to a Chicago Aviation Department representative.
A Police Department representative told Business Insider that the officers who were involved work for the Aviation Department, which is not affiliated with the Chicago Police Department.
“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,” a representative for the Aviation Department wrote in an email to Business Insider. “That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a thorough review of the situation.”
United Airlines provided this statement to Business Insider:
“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 apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”
United CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement about the incident as well:
“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.”