I sat around all day wondering what to think about the guy who got dragged off the United flight after being asked to give up his seat then being belligerent. The officer who dragged him off was suspended, then later the CEO defended the removal.
On Sunday, April 9, after United Express Flight 3411 was fully boarded, United’s gate agents were approached by crewmembers that were told they needed to board the flight.
We sought volunteers and then followed our involuntary denial of boarding process (including offering up to $1,000 in compensation) and when we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions.
.He was approached a few more times after that in order to gain his compliance to come off the aircraft, and each time he refused and became more and more disruptive and belligerent.
.Our agents were left with no choice but to call Chicago Aviation Security Officers to assist in removing the customer from the flight. He repeatedly declined to leave.
Chicago Aviation Security Officers were unable to gain his cooperation and physically removed him from the flight as he continued to resist – running back onto the aircraft in defiance of both our crew and security officials.
Seems reasonable, if true.
Then along came ol’ Nate Silver to help me decide what I really think about this. Nate is always handy with numbers but is the least street smart person in any room. A pathetic judge of human nature. He absolutely blew the Trump election, but still manages to get some relevancy in edgewise despite his humiliation.
He pointed out in his Twitter feed that different airlines have different propensities for booting overbooked passengers. United is not the worst, but they’re not the best. Then he came up with this gem:
.@united But compensation/fines should be MUCH higher for people **involuntarily** denied boarding. Like $10,000 a pop. Right now it’s $1,350 max.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 11, 2017
Hey, Nate, if you want to win the lottery, buy scratch off tickets, not airline tickets. Anybody who expects those kind of winnings is just a money grubbing putz. And there is nothing scientific about your $10,000. You just pulled it from thin air. Like, perhaps, your odds of Hillary winning. From all accounts, the guy pulled off the United flight was a total a-hole and would have made a scene for twice the $1,350 or even your insane $10,000. Yes, airlines should manage overbookings better. That would be a neat element of competition, rather then creating your jackpot entitlement mentality.
This guy was going to get compensated – something – but persisted in being a combative jerk.
You think for $10,000 passengers wouldn’t start fights with each other demanding to be bumped? Come on, Nate, grow some street smarts.