New Jersey’s Chris Christie, who according to polls, currently leads as America’s most unpopular governor, has also come out in defense of the man being dragged off the United Airlines flight, but this time he also called out President Trump, who he says should use his power…. to ban airline companies from overbooking their flights.
“Everybody who flies commercial knows United is awful. They know it’s awful. I don’t think they’ve ever really recovered from the merger between United and Continental, and I don’t think they’ve integrated employees. I don’t think they’ve set a culture there, and you’ve got a CEO who takes off after the guy was dragged down the aisle,” stated Christie.
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In 2010, United Airlines’ parent company UAL Corp bought Continental Airlines Inc for $3.17billion in an all-stock deal that at the time formed the world’s largest carrier.
Today, American Airlines Group is the largest aviation company after its 2013 merger with US Airways.
Christie says he sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao informing her that he has instructed New Jersey authorities to look into action that would curb ‘the abusive practice’ of overbooking flights.
‘We would ask, in the context of the president’s efforts at regulatory reform to improve the lives of our citizens, that you consider the immediate suspension of this overbooking authority until a thorough review can be done by your department,’ Christie wrote to Chao.
The governor told Fox & Friends that his constituents often have no choice but to fly United since the airline accounts for some 70 per cent of flights that take off and land at Newark International Airport.
Given the relative lack of alternatives, airlines feel they have the freedom to overbook flights with impunity, Christie said.