The doctor yanked off the United flight is THE perfect talk show topic. Perfect. Damn shame I am on vacation and don’t have my show to use as the “argument octacon” on this one. Plenty of others have, and yes, I’m aware: it has nothing to do with sports.
So let me just exercise a few thought muscles here, for the record.
For starters, I quickly found out that Twitter is the absolute WORST place to try to litigate this case in the court of public opinion. No matter how many clarifying, follow-up, depth providing tweets I gave, there was a steady stream of the usual angry Twitizens who not only were not swayed, but did a masterful job of not even getting my point.
Shame on me. I should know better.
That said, it still frustrates me how so many people are apparently incapable of understanding that somebody can have an opinion on something that DOES NOT TAKE A SIDE. Too many people are so stuck in a “binary” mode, that you are either FOR or AGAINST somebody in a particular news event.
The mere fact that I said United had the legal “right” to remove the passenger, does not equal my “support” for their handling of the case. In fact, United is run by idiots. If I were on their board of directors, I’d say: “Let’s just fire everybody in upper management and start over.”
Meanwhile, the “good doctor” who was merely trying to heroically make it home to Louisville in time to see patients, is an adult who is responsible for his own actions. Assuming this was not the FIRST flight he has ever taken, and given his intelligence level is sufficient to be a doctor, then he surely must have some passing understanding of airline procedures on bumps and the dreaded fine print of “Rules of Carriage.”
And even if he didn’t know all of that – doubtful – then once a trio of airport police showed up at his seat, he should have gotten the clue that he had a choice: leave the plane feet first, or face first. Again: his choice.
He chose poorly. And so did United. So if you are following me here… THEY ARE BOTH WRONG!
You would think there’s a whole section of their ops manual titled: “When A Passenger Refuses to Leave the Plane in An Age of Viral Videos.” Oh well. Live and learn. Maybe next edition.
Now back to the “good doctor.” Everybody knows damn well, that had this passenger been a tattooed muscle head who said he had to get home to “get his lift in” there wouldn’t be nearly the amount of outrage/sympathy. In fact, many might have declared him an asshole.
Nobody has an absolute “right” to be on, or fly on an airplane. The captain is the captain, and what he and the airline says, goes. So when the goons show up to say: “We’re done asking politely….” then I really don’t give a shit what happens to you. Go limp, get tazered, yell and scream… I don’t fucking care.
You aren’t the only one who has to be somewhere.
This guy isn’t the first one to be thrown/dragged off a plane. He’s just a “doctor” who “wasn’t doing anything wrong.” Until he refused to leave. At that moment, he was doing everything wrong. People have been getting kicked off planes for years now. For making vague threats, harassing those they disagree with politically, and all other sorts of mild to severe disturbances.
Those who say a “customer” should “never” be treated like that, are declaring a blanket policy that would never withstand the rigors of everyday assholes who get on planes and act like their last name is painted on the tail. “Customers” come in all shapes, sizes, and demeanors. They are drunks, creeps, weirdos and sometimes severe mental patients.
Sometimes, they desperately need to be kicked off planes. Even face first, if they choose.
It doesn’t sound like this clown was worth the trouble. He was a small fish. Not like somebody who gets up and shits on the beverage cart, or masturbates to his seatmate under an airline blanket. And that’s where United royally screwed up.
Obviously United doesn’t understand the concept of a pyrrhic victory. Merely bumping up their compensation offer to get one more person to bite, or pleading that one gentleman is refusing to be bumped and thus NOBODY is getting airborne until SOMEBODY “takes one for the team” would have been much less costly options.
If they had done that, everybody else on that plane would have thrown the “good doctor” off themselves.
Time to unleash the lawyers. This is their dead body to feast on now.