I know almost everybody is demonizing United Airlines for the passenger ejection:
1. I admit things could have been handled better.
2. Really almost all over-bookings/employee seating issues should be handled at the gate, not on the plane.
3. Only uniformed local full-time professional Police Officers should have been used to eject this uncooperative passenger.
4: Why was only $800 offered? At least go to the max of $1300
1. The passenger could have cooperated with authority and avoided all of this.
2. If airline personnel, security, or police tell me to get off plane, I am getting off the plane. PERIOD!
3. Who controls the airplane? the airline or one passenger? Someone has to make final decisions.
4. Specifically how does an airline, once a decision is made, eject a passenger that just flat refuses to leave the plane?
5. Plane could have been evacuated entirely, but that inconveniences hundreds instead of one passenger.
6. Flight could have been cancelled, but again that inconveniences hundreds instead of one passenger.
7. Extra flight crew possibly could have driven the 4 hours to destination.
8. This sensationalized event will increase on-board outbursts when bumping occurs...people looking for a pay day.
9. If abuse occurred in the extraction, and over jealous airport security employees hurt the passenger, how is UA at fault?
10. The passenger has a history of brushes with the law: His medical license suspended for about 10 years for illegally prescribing painkillers, including to a patient in exchange for sex.