Sometimes, decisions do have consequences for rich men. The CEO of embattled airline United just learned that he will not become the chairman of the corporate board as planned next year in light of his appalling handling of the Flight 3411 scandal.
Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a United flight by airport security for refusing to give up his seat to a United employee. The “removal” was so violent he sustained serious injuries, including a significant concussion, broken nose and lost two front teeth. Captured on video from multiple angles, the assault against Dr. Dao quickly went viral on social media.
CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement in which he declared it to be an upsetting event and said that the passenger was simply “re-accomodated,” in one of the most breathtaking examples of tone-deaf corporatese the world has ever seen.
United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0
— United Airlines (@united) April 10, 2017
It was only after United stock lost over a billion dollars in value did Munoz feel the need to actually apologize – and by then it was too little, too late.
The arrogance and disdain with which Munoz approached the assault of one of his customers symbolizes everything that’s wrong with capitalism in America – but it’s gratifying to see public boycotts be so effective in punishing those ultimately responsible.
The best hot take award definitely goes to this Twitter user:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.