United Airlines mercilessly mocked on social media after passenger-dragging incident

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-12 12:13:22|Editor: Lu Hui
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CHICAGO, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The video clip of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from an overbooked flight went viral on social media, and people can't stop mocking the company.

Under the hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos, Twitter users widened their imagination to make fun of the company.

"United Airlines, the only airline where you can get a nose bleed while the plane is still on the ground." "Fear of flying? We help you by dragging you out." "United Airlines, pay for the seating, stay for the beating." Those were among the satirical tweets that directly pointed out the violent nature of the incident.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz's apology on Monday, which said United Airlines "re-accommodated" the customers, drew fierce criticism and forced him to issue a stronger apology on Tuesday.

One tweet quipped: "The stock market is re-accommodating Airlines," referring to heavy losses of the company on the stock market.

Shares of the United Airlines plunged nearly 4 percent in the morning session Tuesday, and the company lost about 800 million U.S. dollars in total value.

It is not unusual for U.S. airlines to bump travelers from overbooked flights.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost half a million passengers of major U.S. airlines got bumped last year, but most of them volunteered to give up their seats in return for incentives.