And sure enough, it did. People were jostling for position, trying to merge, with no one letting them in. Others tried to "drive around" and cut in at the last minute, to a chorus of horns. Where I'm going is more important than you! is the message. And no one seems to notice that the fellow extracted from the small car with all six airbags showing is under a sheet as they carry them away. No, what is more important is getting where you are going 60 seconds sooner.
Some have argued that since United apologized and changed its procedures, then clearly they are admitting fault! Well, they are trying to stem a PR disaster. A PR disaster does not mean you did anything wrong, only that public perception is that you did. And public perception is fueled by, well, idiots on facebook. If you are on facebook, you are an idiot, period. Sorry. If you follow that shit and "like" things such as half-assed outrage stories, you are part of the problem, not the solution. We all know by now that all facebook is, is an outlet for lonely people trying to make their lives look less meaningless than they are, and a haven for fake news stories that said people like to spread. Just get off it - there is nothing on there that makes life better, only worse - for all of us.
One reason why companies don't change procedures or issue apologies, is that people often set up gags like this with the idea of winning "lawsuit lottery". How did this guy injure himself? Was it deliberate or what? Clearly if he complied with the legal instructions of the Police, none of this would have happened. And to claim this was worse that escaping from Vietnam? Isn't that a little over the top? Isn't that an insult to the boat people who struggled and even died escaping? Or do you just not think about things that might destroy the narrative you've constructed in your head?
Don't waste your time and energy on these "outrage" news stories. Let the parties involved sort these things out. Chances are - as in this case, clearly - the outrage isn't as outrageous as it seems. And yes, he probably will win some sum of money in court - although the legal fees on both sides will dwarf that. But that is between him and the airline. No sense being "outraged" by it any more than being outraged by the "McDonald's cup of coffee lady" whose case wasn't quite what the media presented, either (no, she didn't win five million dollars, not even close!).
If you don't like the airlines, don't fly. I don't. I haven't in years. Frankly, there are very few destinations in the continental United States where air travel makes sense. If you have to drive an hour to the airport, wait an hour (or more) for TSA (two hours for international travel), have a layover of two to three hours, and then spend an hour (or two) getting off the plane, getting your baggage, renting a car, and then driving to your destination, well, that can be four to six hours of non-flying time right there. Add in the flying time, and well, you can basically drive in about the same time.
Air travel really makes little sense anymore unless you are flying coast-to-coast or overseas. Maybe if more people simply stopped flying things would change. Vote with your pocketbook, that is the real deal right there. And no, saying you are going to "boycott" one airline isn't going to change much, as they all are basically the same.
And if what I say pisses you off, well, then be outraged at me - for all the good it will do you. In fact, here, let me help you out:
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