This past Sunday, a man was dragged off a United Airlines flight. When you first hear this, as the mainstream fake news would want you to, your reaction might be anger against the airlines and police. After all, this poor man was a 69-year-old doctor that had paid for his ticket. He had a right to stay right there, in that seat that he paid for, right? I don’t know this man personally, so I won’t go into how arrogant doctors can be. We’ll just leave it at that.
Actually… Wrong. When you buy a ticket to fly on an airline, you are agreeing to the airline’s terms and conditions. Clearly stated in those terms and conditions are words to the effect of that your seat is not guaranteed, and you may have to give up your seat. Does this sound unfair? Perhaps, but you have agreed to it, so it really is not unfair.
When we take a little deeper look at this particular situation, deeper than the topical rant of the mainstream media, the intelligent among us may come to a very different conclusion.
First of all, the man was randomly chosen to leave an over-booked flight after all the passengers were given the option to voluntarily give up their seat. He was offered monetary compensation and asked over and over to leave. He refused. At one point he screamed at airline employees. After finally being escorted off the plane the first time, he ran back into the plane and had to be forcefully dragged off a
second time. At one point he could be heard muttering, “kill me”. He was obviously not a balanced person.
A sane person would have come to the conclusion that if you have two police officers standing over you telling you that you must leave the plane, if you do not things are probably not going to go well for you. A sane person would not have run back into the plane after being physically taken off the first time. A sane person would not have muttered, “kill me” as they were taking him off the plane.
I’m not sure about you guys, but I would not want to be on a plane with someone that was acting irrationally, as this man was. I can tell you from personal experience, that when you have a group of people in a closed space, and there is no way to readily get away from the others, things can turn bad. I own a sailboat and have crewed on other sailboats. I have a rule that I follow with regards to allowing others on my sailboat. That rule involves getting to know the person and taking them out for short sails a few times before doing any overnighters. I will not take someone out on my boat if I do not know them well or if they are acting irrationally. One of the last places you want to be is aboard a boat with someone that is acting irrationally.
The same concept applies to flying. The last place you want to be locked up with someone who may not be rational is in a plane some 25,000 feet in the air. Once someone crosses the like of predictable behaviors, there can be no wiggle room with regards to how they should be handled. Once this many started acting irrationally, he became a threat to all aboard the plane.
Were the officers a bit rough? Yes. Could they have handled things differently? Perhaps. But when you have one person that is acting irrationally, causing others to be delayed for his convenience, throwing a tantrum like a child, you have created a situation with your own actions that will cause a certain outcome. This man caused his own problems when he escalated the situation to the point where force was required.