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Commenter Jack D writes:
The irony here is that this was not a United flight at all. This was a “United Express” flight that is run under contract with Republic Airline. United saves $ by having its shorter /lower capacity “commuter” flights operated under contract by Republic who pays its pilots bubkes. The pilot business is operated like the acting business where pilots hope to land a gig at a major and earn a decent living but few ever do and those that don’t barely make a living. Regional carrier pilots sleep in the airline terminal or their cars because they can’t afford a motel room. But for United, live by the sword, die by the sword – they lent their name out to Republic so now they have to live with the PR blowback from what Republic did with it.
Republic as a low rent operation refused to offer more than $800 to get a volunteer although they could have gone much higher. $800 is close to what they pay a pilot in a month. Cheaper to call the cops.
And the people who dragged the guy off the plane were not employees of either, but Chicago cops. So double irony – why is United getting the grief instead of the Chicago PD? I’m sure that the cops were not under instructions from either United or Republic to beat the crap out of the guy – that was their idea and/or lack of training in how to handle people. Chicago PD is used to handling dindus who are in no position to complain most of the time.
Speaking of being in no position, David Dao, the victim, has a “troubled past” as a pill doctor.
In China, the good doctor’s removal is being spun as anti-Chinese racism. Sort of ironic that the Chinaman is now getting whites addicted to opium instead of vice versa – cosmic revenge I guess.
Is this confirmed? Did they get the identity right? Commenter Stebbing Heuer says:
The Dao that is spoken about is not the true Dao.
Back to Jack D:
So there are no heroes here, just a sordid rogue’s gallery of marginal players trying to scratch out a living in the sad twilight of the American empire, but streamed live and in color on your Korean cell phone.