What is it about United Airlines this month? First there was the doctor hauled off his flight, then an incident in which a scorpion fell on a man’s head, and now a bride and groom have apparently been kicked off a flight on the way to their wedding.
The Dallas Morning News relates how two young Americans, Amber Maxwell and Michael Hohl, both from Utah, flew to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, on Saturday to catch a connecting flight to Costa Rica for their wedding.
Hohl told KHOU-TV that when he and his fiancée boarded their flight to Costa Rica they found a man sprawled across their assigned seats, asleep.
As there were plenty of seats spare in economy and the couple were the last passengers to board, they moved three rows closer to the front of the aircraft but still in economy class.
According to Hohl, a flight attendant told them to move to their assigned seats, which they did after asking for an upgrade and being refused. The plane was still at the gate.
Then, Hohl said, a security officer asked them to leave the plane because the crew said they were “being disorderly and a hazard to the rest of the flight”.
Hohl said they complied immediately because video footage of David Dao, the Vietnamese American doctor, being dragged off a United Express plane on 9 April 2017 was fresh in their minds.
United issued a statement later saying the couple had repeatedly tried to sit in upgraded seats “which they did not purchase and they would not follow crew instructions to return to their assigned seats”.
The flight was delayed about 25 minutes and the couple booked another flight a day later, the Dallas Morning News said. They won’t miss their wedding – it’s set for tomorrow.
Written by Peter Needham