At least the “trending” narrative has now dropped the contention that United Airlines overbooked the flight. They didn’t.
- What they did was send a replacement flight crew to take the place of another crew which was unable (illness?) to fly a plane going out of Louisville. If they don’t send the replacement crew, all of the Louisville passengers have a severly delayed departure. Surely no one is claiming that would have been a good thing.
- Lacking sufficient volunteers (one report I saw said the offer was $800, not $1,000), someone had to be directed to leave.
- I have seen no claims that the “random” selection among the cattle class passengers was not fair. Someone drew the short straw.
- When asked to vacate a premises by its owner, we are obliged to comply. If there are legal issues, that has to be thrashed out with civil suits at a later time. Failing to vacate a premises when directed by the owner constitutes tresspass.
- If an owner orders someone to vacate the premises, it is the job of police to enforce the order. Further, it is a crime to refuse to comply with a legal order from police. Again, disputes can be taken up later. The passenger was lucky not to have been arrested on the spot.
- The behaviour of the passenger, David Dao, was bizarre. In his place, I might have been angry too. However, as a responsible adult, I have learned the need to handle adversity and disappointment with a degree of self-control. Maybe even a little dignity if I can muster it. Apparently, Dr. Dao missed that lesson.