United mocked relentlessly on social media in wake of incident
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A day after viral videos of a bloodied man being dragged off an overbooked United flight by aviation security fueled criticism of the airline, Twitter users are using the platform to poke fun at the airline’s tactics.
“We overbooked but you pay the price,” ”We Put The Hospital In Hospitality” and “We’ll drag you all over the world” are among the faux slogans being offered up on social media under #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos.
United had offered vouchers worth $800 to anyone who would volunteer to give up their seat on the flight Sunday, but found no takers. Dictionary maker Merriam-Webster says online searches for the definition of “volunteer” jumped 1,900 percent on Monday.
United Airlines’ parent company CEO Oscar Munoz at first issued a statement saying he was “upset” by the incident but believes his employees took the right action. That only seemed to fuel the haters.
By Tuesday afternoon, Munoz had changed course, apologizing for the way the passenger was treated and promising that the results of a thorough internal review would be released April 30.
Mashable.com was among the sites offering a compilation of other vicious tweets and posts, like this one: