Eventually, police officers were called to remove him.Kimmel took aim at the airline’s decision to overbook the flight — a common practice that went awry this time around.“I’ve been to a hundred games and stadiums with 50,000 seats,” he said.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary reported that searches for “volunteer” spiked 1,900 percent Monday after videos of the incident were circulated.
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(The Washington Post) The airplane had an “overbook situation.” The crew needed “volunteers.” One passenger “refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily.” So he was “re-accommodated.” It’s hard to imagine things could have gone worse aboard United Express Flight 3411 on Sunday, when security officers dragged a man off a plane in Chicago when he wouldn’t give up his seat for airline employees.
But United seemed to invite ridicule with a pair of awkwardly worded responses to the incident.
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Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet (EEOC Regulations . A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having an impairment (EEOC Regulations . Employers are required to provide accommodations for job applicants with disabilities to participate in the application process, but only if they know about the disability and need for accommodation (EEOC, 1992).“It’s closer to another Airplane Term — ‘water landing,’ which is, of course, a plane crash.” Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel seemed to agree.“It’s like how we ‘re-accommodated’ El Chapo out of Mexico,” Kimmel said, referring to the Mexican drug lord who was recently extradited to the United States. “I don’t know how the guy who sent that tweet didn’t vomit when he typed it out.” The Louisville-bound flight was overbooked on Sunday, and crew members needed to make room for several United employees, The Washington Post reported.The Internet mocked United’s responses mercilessly. The popular consumer affairs blog Consumerist called on readers to tweet their definitions of “re-accommodate,” which included the simple yet effective, “Knock a man out and drag him away.” The slang website Urban Dictionary also posted a definition, reading, “to beat up and violently drag paying passengers off an airplane in order to make room for airline crew on stand-by.” And Joe Thomas, an offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, offered a visual explanation of “re-accommodate”: Jack Holmes of Esquire argued the statements from United were as bad as the incident itself.“The idea that a man who was physically dragged off the plane, wailing in pain as blood rushed out of his head, was just ‘re-accommodated’ is grotesque,” he said.“That is such sanitized, say-nothing, take no responsibility, corporate B. No one volunteered when passengers were offered vouchers to change their flight.