On Monday, a video surfed the web of a man aboard United Airlines being forcibly removed the plane. The footage is horrific and shows the security team dragging his limp body through the aisle. And now Merriam-Webster is taking the airline to task.
After the incident understandably caused an uproar, the airline issued a statement that the man “refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily” and so they used their “established procedure” of force to remove him. But Merriam-Webster is letting them get away with that bullshit response. Yesterday, they tweeted,
📈’Volunteer’ means “someone who does something without being forced to do it.” https://t.co/qNAcMyplhZ
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 11, 2017
Since the incident, a letter by United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has been leaked in which he states,
“One of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help. Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like these.”
What he fails to mention is that the situation was entirely the fault of United Airlines. They supposedly “overbooked” the flight and then asked for a volunteer to deplane. They then chose a man at random and when he refused their request, they bashed his head in and dragged him off the plane. In the video, you can overhear other passengers condemning the security team, telling them what they were doing was “not right.”
Kudos to everyone is his standing up to what this airline horrifically did.