Munoz added that when crew members first approached the passenger to tell him to leave, he “raised his voice and refused to comply”, and each time they asked “he refused and became more and more disruptive and belligerent”.Wikipedia has some background:
He said crew members “were left with no choice but to call Chicago aviation security officers to assist in removing the customer from the flight”, and that at one point the passenger “continued to resist – running back on to the aircraft in defiance of both our crew and security officials”.
Voluntary acceptance of being bumped is quite common. Over half a million passengers in the US agreed to be bumped in return for compensation in 2016 but only 8.6% of all denials of boarding that year were involuntary.So maybe 40k passengers are involuntarily bumped, and one old Vietnamese guy sneaks back on the plane to start a fight. The airline (Republic, under contract to United) calls the cops.
What did anyone expect?
Do you really want lunatics who defy security orders on the plane with you?
According to news reports, all the Chinese ppl think that this guy was reasonable, and was being picked on because he was Asian. I am guessing that someone like this would be dealt with much more harshly in China.
As far as I know, becoming beligerant and getting on a plane over the objections of airline officials always gets you forcibly removed from the plane.
Yes, I know that the airline and police could have handled this differently. But they have a lot to do on a tight schedule, and it is remarkable that there are not more problems like this.
Are the ppl whining about this the same ones as those whining the few dozen gas deaths in Syria?
Update: David Dao's medical license was suspended for trading prescription drugs for secret gay sex.