Washington: An Asian doctor was forcibly dragged off a US-based United Airlines flight by stewards because the flight was overbooked, sources said.
A recording of the incident posted on social media sent people into an apoplectic rage over the carrier’s heavy-handed response.
The man, who appeared to be Asian, was seen being dragged down the aisle on his back by his hands, body limp, bleeding from the mouth, glasses askew and shirt pulled up above his navel.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) said it was reviewing whether United complied with overbook rules that require airlines to set guidelines on how passengers are denied boarding if they do not volunteer to give up their seats.
Notably, late last month, two teenage girls dressed in leggings were denied boarding on a united flight from Denver to Minneapolis.