In response to No Seat For You!
United Airlines CEO was upset the public saw and heard what they were caught doing. Will probably move next to ban cell phones from planes that can record.
Let’s call for the removal of this United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz who not only built the rules that caused this but still approved of them today and is only shocked and outraged he got caught. He is also shocked that the Chicago police did not take the hit for mistreatment.
Oscar Munoz is an American businessman. He was named president and chief executive officer of United Airlines on September 8, 2015.
If, as you say, the gate employees were employees of United Airlines, not Republic, they had no legal jurisdiction to order passengers off the aircraft once they were boarded. Only the aircraft owner could do that, from what I have read, and that would have to be a Republic employee. Of course United wants to protect Republic since Republic is in bankruptcy and United does not want to lose them as a supplier, taking over the route themselves, and having to pay twice as much for the same product.
The day the story broke, we knew it was United’s subsidiary, Republic Airlines, by its flight number. So we asked our United contacts if they could blame Republic – considering that crew is paid far lower wages than the mainline carrier.
United will not place any blame on Republic, but the gate agents working that flight were United employees, according to our sources.
Yes, it’s a bit deceptive to sell regional jet tickets as if it were a mainline flight, because passengers must pay the same – the savings are not passed along to you, despite the regional jet crew being paid much less.
Thanks for writing,
Just read in the L.A. Times today of your existence while reading about Dr. Dao. The last sentence was a quote by Sue Kamm, a retired librarian…”I wouldn’t fly United if they gave me a free pass to fly first class to anywhere for the rest of my life” I feel the same.
A broken nose, concussion and loss of 2 front teeth !!!!
PLEASE force airlines to make more room for coach flyers. A flight I was on recently had 12″ between my face and the seat in front !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE NEED MORE SPACE !!!!!!!!
On a 5 1/2 hour flight from Hawaii’s big island to L.A. offered ZERO food for purchase and I had to beg for a tiny bag of pretzels.
Charging for checked bags is a sin !!!!!
Cleanliness should be improved. The sticky floors in those MINISCULE bathrooms are disgusting. And must they be THAT SMALL ??????????? I am a tiny woman of 5’3″ 125 lbs but flying conditions are BRUTAL !!!!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO !!!
We certainly agree and hope Airlines and Congress will finally get the message, and not do another white wash shuffle. On May 2, the House Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing and so will the Senate Corporations Committee on May 4th.
Flyersrights.org has advocated for a 30 item proposed Airline Passenger Bill of Rights (available on our web site) since 2012, but so far not a single member of Congress out of 535 has been willing to introduce it or anything close and the US Dept. Of Transportation has a perfect record of rejecting or ignoring every consumer group rule proposal since 2009.
The traveling public needs to make a stand or as the saying goes “the beatings will continue until morale improves.”
Member, FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee