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Doctor Dragged From Overbooked Flight (Video)

| by David Bonner

A United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on April 9. Moments after he was dragged off, however, he managed to break free and get back on the plane with his face covered in blood (video below).

Police dragged the man down the aisle while other passengers protested, reports the Daily Mail.

In the video, the passengers can be heard screaming "my god what are you doing," and "this is wrong" as the man is being dragged past their seats. One passenger said the man was "knocked out" after hitting his head on an armrest during the confrontation with police.

The video shows three officers pulling the man from his seat and dragging his seemingly unconscious body down the aisle as he bled from the mouth.

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The man, who said he is a doctor, was one of four randomly selected by United to leave the overbooked flight from O'Hare to Louisville, Kentucky. The man said he needed to see patients the next day, and did not want to get off the flight.

United Airlines attempted to encourage passengers to voluntarily deplane by offering them cash, a free stay in a hotel and a next-day flight, but there were no takers. 

So the airline selected four passengers randomly on a computer. One couple left the plane peacefully, but the Asian man who was traveling with his wife refused. That is when airport law enforcement removed him by force.

Audra Bridges, a passenger who filmed the man's removal, described what happened on the flight to the Courier-Journal. "Everyone was shocked and appalled. There were several children on the flight as well that were very upset," she said.

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She explained the passengers were informed at the gate that the flight was overbooked and staff appealed for one volunteer to accept $400 and a hotel stay to take a flight at 3 p.m. the next day. But nobody volunteered, even after the compensation offered was doubled to $800.

The man who was dragged off the plane somehow managed to break free and get back on the plane, Bridges said. When he reappeared, his face was bloody and he seemed "disorientated," she explained. At that point, passengers had to deplane as a medical crew boarded to tend to the man.

A United spokesperson offered an email statement: "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."

Sources: Daily Mail, Courier-Journal, YouTube / Photo credit: Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia Commons

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