The country of Vietnam in Southern Asia has decided to boycott United Airlines ever since they found out that the passenger being pulled out of his airplane seat in the viral video happened to be Vietnamese.
The United Airlines incident where doctor David Dao was dragged off a plane – screaming, bleeding, and resisting has turned into an international case – since many thought the airline was discriminating against Dao because he was Asian.
In a somewhat hilarious turn of events – many Vietnamese posted tweets sympathetic to UNITED AIRLINES, thinking Dao was from China, Vietnam’s old enemy. However, once it turned out Dao was vietnamese, many in the country suddenly began to pickett.
They in fact, organized a boycott of United Airlines. United Airlines doesn’t actually have any flights going to Vietnam. But the thought it there.
The Daily Mail has more:
Outrage spread to Vietnam on Wednesday over United Airlines’ handling of a passenger dragged from his seat after it emerged that the 69-year-old U.S. doctor was Vietnamese by birth.
Although United Airlines has no direct flights to Vietnam, there were widespread calls on social media for a boycott after video showed a bloodied David Dao being yanked out of the plane by airport security on Sunday to make way for United employees.
The ire in Vietnam grew quickly after it was reported that Dao’s origins were not in the Southeast Asian country’s old enemy, China, as many had at first assumed.
Vietnamese also fumed at allegations over Dao’s past reported in the United States as irrelevant and possibly racist.
‘Watching this makes my blood boil, I’ll never fly United Airlines,’ commented Anh Trang Khuya on Facebook, the most widely used social media platform in Vietnam.
Nguyen Khac Huy wrote: ‘Boycott United!!! This is excessive! Let’s be loving and united, Vietnamese people!’
There was no immediate comment from the government or in state media.
Video showing Dao being pulled from United Airlines Flight 3411 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Sunday went viral and the worldwide backlash hit the airline’s share price and prompted an apology from the company chief executive.
Kentucky’s medical board website shows that a doctor David Dao graduated in 1974 in Ho Chi Minh City – then known as Saigon and the capital of U.S.-backed South Vietnam before its defeat and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule a year later.