United Airlines under fire after passenger was dragged off plane

On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man from an overbooked flight. Videos of the event have gone viral and United is reeling from the public backlash they’ve caused. The airline randomly selected the man to be “involuntarily” bumped to a later flight to make room for its own staff. This practice of “re-accommodating,” as United put it, is legal. We discuss what this incident says about the airline industry.

Credits

Guests:
Derek Thompson - Staff writer, The Atlantic - @DKThomp, Seth Kaplan - aviation journalist

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Amy Ta, Michell Eloy