Louisville, Kentucky - A video going viral shows law enforcement forcibly removing a man from an overbooked airplane (video below.)
The video, first posted around 7:30 PM Sunday night, shows a man being dragged off of a United Airlines flight when it was overbooked.
"Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked," a United Airlines spokesman said, according to King 5. "After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate."
"We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities."
A passenger told the media that the flight had been overbooked. Passengers were allowed to board, but United Airlines said that they needed to make room for four airline employees who were needed in Louisville on Monday.
The airline offered $400 and a hotel stay for passengers willing to take a 3 PM flight the next day. When there were no takers, they upped the offer to $800. Everybody refused the offer.
A manager then boarded the plane and said that a computer would randomly select people who had to leave the plane. One couple was selected, and they left the plane. Then another man was selected, who did not want to cooperate.
The man became very agitated and stated that he was a doctor and he had patients to see. The man said that he was calling his lawyer.
One security person came and spoke with the man, who still refused to leave. Then another spoke with the man, and again, he refused to leave. Then a third security person spoke with the man, and still, he would not leave.
I understand why the man would be reasonably upset about this situation, but he just refused to accept the reality that he would not be able to fly on the plane. Sometimes, you just have to recognize that no matter how much you want something, things aren't going to go your way.
Being faced with a situation where flying would not be possible for him, the man opted to throw a temper-tantrum and dedicated himself to staying in his seat.
Police officers were forced to remove the man, who was, at that point, committing a crime.
As officers tried to drag the man out of the seat, he resisted their efforts. As officers struggled to pull the man out, he hit his lip on an armrest, and started bleeding.
The man was then dragged off of the plane, but he wasn't done yet.
After the man had been dragged off of the plane, he ran from officers, got back onto the plane, and ran to the rear of the airplane.
The airline then had other passengers leave while medical personnel and law enforcement dealt with the man. There has been no information released on if he was arrested.
Law enforcement is taking a lot of blame for the incident, with people crying "police brutality." Headlines of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Sun, among others, are calling the incident police violence. I see nothing but reasonable force to remove the man from the plane. What do you think?
You can see the video below: