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Audra D. Bridges

Aidan Nash, Reporter

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    Flying can be a stressful experience. From dealing with your luggage to the fear of being in a long tube incoherent sky, passengers want a peaceful flight. An uneasy experience has since gone viral of an United Airlines flight on Sunday.

    David Dao was onboard a flight departing from San Francisco to Louisville when a well to common event occurred, an overbooked flight. Due to this happening, customers that were already seated were asked to give up their seats for crew members. To entice passengers to give up their seats, United crew members first offered $400 for their seat. With none of the customers interested in a later flight, the offer was doubled to $800. There was still no one that was willing to give up their seats. Four passengers were picked in no order to exit the aircraft to accommodate United workers. While three of the four left, David remained in his seat. It turned out that the fourth passenger that was not willing to exit was a doctor in Kentucky who has patients to treat the next day.

   Dao was still firm on staying on the flight. Due to this, police officers entered the aircraft to remove Dao from the flight. David was then dragged from his seat while other passengers screamed in fear. He was dragged by his arms from his seat into the aisle to exit the flight. Passengers could see the injuries inflicted on Dao including a bloody face. There were travelers that did record the event, and soon took the video to social media. The video spread very quickly causing a rage against United Airlines. Media outlets also reported on the removal of the passenger. Speculation still revolves around the idea that he was removed due to his ethnicity. Chinese citizens were outraged by what had happened and do believe it was caused due to his skin color. United Airlines has since apologized for how they handled the situation, and promised to go about another way when dealing with passengers.

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