United Airlines hit all the headlines last week after a passenger was dragged violently from a plane because the airline had been overbooked.
Above is the shocking video of the incident, in which he is shown bleeding from the mouth and apparently disoriented. Several passengers on the flight took footage during the incident and have subsequently uploaded their respective videos to social media urging people to share it.
It didn’t take long for the video to go viral on social media reaching millions of views and then being picked up by the mainstream media networks. This ultimately provoked fury around the world.
The incident sparked international condemnation and allegations of racism over the airline’s treatment of the Asian man. Many users promoted hashtags #NewUnitedAirlinesMotto and #BoycottUnitedAirlines and thousands of anti-united memes have flooded social media.
Even the social media departments of competitors are taking advantage over the situation.
Shares for United fell dramatically following the exposure to the incident, temporarily wiping close to $1bn off the company’s total market value, according to Thomson Reuters data, ending the day with a loss of about $250m.
Maybe United will think twice before beating their customers.