United Airlines Gets Dragged Hard on Twitter Over Passenger Removal Video

“United Airlines — Our service can’t be beat! Passengers, however…. ,” reads one response to disturbing footage

Last Updated: April 10, 2017 @ 2:16 PM

The skies might have been friendly for United Airlines on Monday, but Twitter was anything but amiable for the airline after video surfaced of a passenger being removed from an overbooked flight.

As the disturbing footage made the rounds, Twitter users reacted with the expected emotions — outrage, sadness and, yes, humor. Amid the calls to boycott United, many let fly with barbed jokes directed at the airline.

A common theme among the zingers:  Comparing United’s new PR nightmare to the one experienced by Pepsi last week, after the soda brand was roundly blasted for its protest-themed ad.

“Pepsi – ‘No PR team has had it tougher than us lately.’  United – ‘Hold my beer,'” went one variation on the joke that saw many iterations among the Twitterati.

“Mondays, amiright, @United?” a brief zinger offered.

A number of United’s critics compared the aggressive customer-relations move to the tactics of the Trump Administration.

“How To Lose Customers & Turn People Against You, featuring -Pepsi -United Airlines -The Trump Administration,” tweeted one wag.

“BREAKING: Trump names United the official airline of the Middle East peace process,” a similarly-themed tweet offered.

Numerous tweets suggested new slogans for the airline, such as, “United Airlines: First we ask nicely. Then we beat the sh-t out of you.'” And, “#United Airlines has a new slogan: Fly later, or we’ll smash your face in.”

Yet another critic called out United both for the passenger-dragging video and for its recent decision to refuse a passenger a seat because of her wardrobe.

“So #United have such standards that they won’t let you fly in leggings, but will happily beat a Doctor unconscious,” the critic wrote. “Seems legit.”

A United spokesperson told TheWrap in an email Monday morning that passengers had been taken off the flight because it was overbooked and one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily.

“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,” the statement read. “We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”

Buckle up and read on for more responses.