When United Airlines security crew dragged a 69-year-old patron off their overcrowded flight against his will, he kept repeating one message to them: "Kill me" (video below).
A series of social media videos that are going viral depict an incident where the man, who said he was a doctor, was asked to give up his seat so that additional crew members could fit on board, according to The Washington Post. When he refuses, he is forcibly dragged off the plane and possibly knocked unconscious.
After this happens, the man returns to the plane, dazed and bleeding from his mouth, repeating, "I have to go home," over and over. He then stands in the aisle, holding onto a curtain and chanting, "Just kill me. Just kill me."
The man was removed from the plane for a second time in a stretcher after evacuating the rest of the passengers, notes The Post.
The incident allegedly started when crew members were unable to find four volunteers to exit an overbooked flight in order to make room for the crew.
"We have United employees that need to fly to Louisville tonight," the airline supervisor reportedly told the passengers, as patron Tyler Bridges told The Washington Post. "This flight's not leaving until four people get off."
Bridges said that statement "rubbed some people the wrong way," so nobody wanted to volunteer to receive the offered money and a free hotel stay in exchange for changing their flight.
One of those four people who were asked to leave was the man who said he needed to return to his patients. As management tried to verbally force him to leave, he reportedly became angry.
"He said, more or less, 'I'm being selected because I'm Chinese,'" explained Bridges.
Passengers were outraged and some screamed and protested as the incident grew violent. On the morning of April 10, United CEO Oscar Munoz issued a statement in response to the videos.
"This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United," Munoz wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "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."
Following the altercation, one of the officers involved has been placed on leave, notes The Post.