The United Airlines flight from which a passenger was brutally removed to make room for airline employees wasn’t actually an overbooked trip, The Daily Caller reported this afternoon.
Kentucky doctor David Dao was dragged from the aircraft after refusing to give up his seat to make room for United employees. A spokesperson said that “a United Express crew needed to get to Louisville to operate a flight downline.” In other words, they were sent to go at the last minute.
The airline offered $800 to anybody willing to give up their seat for the extra crew, before choosing passengers at random to leave a seat they had already been given. When Dao refused, police officers were called who quickly roughed up the citizen before dragging him off. The incident left Dao bloody and disoriented.
United Airlines is notorious for their last minute crew mix-ups and poor aircraft tracking. However, those problems never seemed to slow down the company’s momentum until now.