Video: Police drag man off of overbooked flight

United Airlines flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. The airlines asked for 4 volunteers willing to fly the next day. When no one volunteered the airline offered a free hotel and $400. One person gave up their seat, but 3 more volunteers were needed. The airline upped the offer to a hotel stay and $800, but still no one wanted to get off the plane.

The airline then used a random generator to select 3 seats that had to leave the aircraft. The seats were needed for flight crew members traveling to Louisville.

The last person randomly selected to leave the plane refused to do so. The man said he was a doctor and he had to see patients the following day. He refused to leave and police were called to remove him from the plane. 

Here are the social media videos of his removal.


The airlines released an official statement on the event.

Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. 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.

The Twist !

Moments later the man escaped from police and returned to the plane. He ran up and down the aisles saying “I have to go home.” He was once again removed from the craft and the plane was able to take off.

Watch his return.

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