World Was that doctor dragged off the United Airlines flight because he was Asian? Many in China think so.

13:10  11 april  2017
13:10  11 april  2017 Source:   MSN

China internet outcry over United passenger fiasco

  China internet outcry over United passenger fiasco <p>China social media users were in an uproar Tuesday over viral footage of a Chinese-American man dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight, decrying perceived racism and calling for a boycott.</p>The videos taken by fellow passengers and posted to Twitter showed the man being forcibly pulled screaming from his seat by three security personnel.

Many in China think so . United Airlines said a man wouldn't give up his spot on an overbooked flight . According to witnesses, he was pulled screaming from his seat by security and back to the terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

More . In some horribly disturbing footage that made its way on to the internet yesterday, a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight by staff after they forcibly removed him from his seat.

This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Video of police officers dragging the passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight sparked an uproar Monday on social media, and a spokesman for the airline insisted that employees had no choice but to contact authorities to remove the man. © Audra D. Bridges via AP This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Video of police officers dragging the passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight sparked an uproar Monday on social media, and a spokesman for the airline insisted that employees had no choice but to contact authorities to remove the man. BEIJING — News that a passenger was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines plane has gone viral all over the world, but in China the outrage has been fueled by one uncomfortable fact: The doctor who was pulled off the plane, first screaming and then bleeding, appeared to be of Asian origin, and was overhead complaining that this might have been a factor in his treatment.

United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers - CEO

  United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers - CEO <p>United Airlines will no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights after global outrage erupted over a video showing a passenger dragged from one of its planes in Chicago.</p>"We're not going to put a law enforcement official... to remove a booked, paid, seated passenger," United Continental Holdings Inc Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz told ABC News on Wednesday morning. "We can't do that.

The United Airlines has apologised after an Asian doctor was forcibly dragged off an "overbooked" flight as he refused to give up his seat for United Airlines staff. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz on Monday said: "This is an upsetting event to all of us here at the United ."

The United Airlines has apologised after an Asian doctor was forcibly dragged off an "overbooked" flight as he refused to give up his seat for United Airlines staff. The airlines said it had to

“He said, more or less, ‘I’m being selected because I’m Chinese,’” fellow passenger Tyler Bridges was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.

That quote, translated into Chinese, was widely circulated on social media here.

By early afternoon on Tuesday, the topic had attracted 85 million readers on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter,  and 56,000 comments, making it comfortably the top trending item of the day. Petitions to boycott United Airlines were also going viral on WeChat, a popular messaging service.

“United Airlines just randomly chose an Asian? It’s blatant racial discrimination,” a user called @Rhando_hiclarie wrote in a typical post. “UA is super rubbish.”

Some users pointed out the irony of United’s motto: “Fly the friendly skies,” but many saw incident as an example of American hypocrisy, and what one user called “a perfect illustration” of human rights in the United States.

New video shows the moments before police dragged a man off a United flight (UAL)

  New video shows the moments before police dragged a man off a United flight (UAL) A new video obtained by People Magazine shows an exchange the police had with the passenger they dragged off a United Airlines flight.&nbsp;

NEW YORK: An aviation security officer who dragged a passenger off of an overbooked United Airlines flight to make room for employees has been placed on leave, Chicago authorities said on Monday. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.”

United Airlines made headlines last month after they prevented two young girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. @WHAS11 No one volunteered, so @ United decided to choose for us. They chose an Asian doctor and his wife.

“I am going to tell you a joke: ‘America is the country with the best human rights in the World,’” one user called @Youthliteratureandart wrote in a post that attracted more than 4,000 likes.

“Americans often say they have democracy and human rights, but they can’t even respect people who have different skin colors,” @Nanchigirl wrote.

“Americans are so barbarous,” @_tua wrote. “Overbooking is the airline company’s own problem. This passenger didn’t break the law. The security guy beat him until his face is covered in blood, is this the so-called American democratic society?”

Chinese-born comedian Joe Wong urged his followers to join the boycott of United.

“Many Chinese people feel they’ve been subject to discrimination, but (fear of losing) face prevents them from speaking out, which leads to mainstream media in the West and the public not taking discrimination against Asians seriously,” he said.

Others made similar points.

“Why don’t you randomly choose a black person?” another user asked in a post that attracted 1,294 likes, implying an Asian was an easier target for racial discrimination than an African-American.

The calls for a boycott in China could have a real impact on the company’s bottom line: as the Financial Times pointed out, United has often billed itself as the top American carrier to China, and offers direct flights from the United States to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an.

Jin Xin, Luna Lin and Congcong Zhang contributed to this report.

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