United Airlines is offering up to $10,000 to anyone who is willing to give up their seat on their flights after the dragging passenger, Dr. David Dao, off flight 3411 traveling towards Louisville, Kentucky.
Originally, United was offering $1,350 as a compensation for anyone who was willing to leave his or her assigned seat. However, after the most terrifying public relations scandal, United has decided to change their plans.
This event comes spiraling after the airline refused to let two girls wearing spandex leggings to board the flight because it was “inappropriate and going against company policy.”
Security officer’s dragged Dr. David Dao off the flight against his will on April 9th. He was dragged off because his seat was one of the four chosen to allow four crew members who commuting to their next destination. The video went viral in seconds and you can see the fear and discomfort in the victim.
Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, spoke about the controversy. “First, law enforcement officers will not remove customers from United, unless it is about safety and security. Secondly, costumers who already have a seat will not be asked to leave their seat.” Oscar says.
Lastly, the company is now allowing the option for costumers to select if they are willing to give up or relocate their seats upon their check in. Therefore, the airline is more aware of who is willing to do so. Costumers can be offered up to $10,000.
On top of that, costumers will also be paid $1,500 if any luggages are lost. United also said that they will make sure that no flights will be overbooked in the future.
The company has reached out and apologized to the victim.