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Chicago: Another huge controversy involving United Airlines flight has hit the leading airline company in the US. A doctor, who was firmly seated in his seat on a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s at O’Hare International Airport was forcibly removed from his seat and thrown out of the plane.

A few passengers who saved the whole drama on their mobile handsets, shared the humiliating clip on social networking sites, besides Reddit. Now there are complaints that the thread with tens of thousands of responses has been removed by the website.

Nonetheless, it is available on social media sites including Twitter and is going viral over the last several hours.

People are simply outraged over the entire episode and the goof up by the United Airlines. Nydia Han says, “Oh my gosh. Have you seen this video yet? It reportedly shows a passenger being forced out of his seat and dragged off a United Airlines plane because the flight was overbooked. It’s pretty disturbing. A passenger who took video of it says the man is a doctor who needed to see patients in the morning. I’ve never really understood how airlines can overbook and then force people onto another flight.”
Another Facebook user has this to say, “United overbooks a flight. A boarded passenger is told to give up his seat to a United employee. Passenger refuses. Passenger gets knocked out cold and dragged from the plane. Sigh, welcome to modern airline travel, folks. #WhyWeFlyGA”

A video shows the doctor being overpowered with brute force and then dragged on the floor to the gate. He seems to have sustained injuries in the process too. The video, posted by Audra D. Bridges at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, is taken from an aisle seat on a commercial airplane that appears to be preparing to take flight. The short clip doesn’t shows as to what happened later, but shows security personnel to forcibly dragging the man.

Later, the airline company did accept that a passenger was taken off a flight at the Chicago airport. A company spokesperson said, “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…We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.”

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