United Airlines Loses Millions in Market Capitalization After Video of Man Dragged Off Plane Goes Viral

United Airlines is in the spotlight again after a video of a man being dragged off one of their planes became viral.

According to CNBC:

Shares of United Continental fell by more than 4 percent Tuesday as outrage over Dr. David Dao of Kentucky being dragged off an overbooked flight finally caught up to the stock. The shares were the worst performer in the S&P 500.

All major news outlets have covered and are following the story, and it’s become international news:

LA Times: United finds a new way to make itself look awful, and then its CEO shows how to make things worse

Channel News Asia: Chinese netizens allege racism, call for boycott after man dragged off United flight

Washington Post: A man wouldn’t leave an overbooked United flight. So he was dragged off, battered and limp.

And, according to Mashable, people are trolling United on social media, coming up with all sorts of fake slogans in reference to the incident:

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the past 24 hours, chances are you’ll have stumbled across that disturbing viral video of the United Airlines passenger being forcibly dragged from his seat.

In the hours since, United Airlines has been at the centre of a media firestorm. Pretty much everyone on the internet seems to have temporarily put their differences aside in order to troll them.

This will be a tough one to dig out of.

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Twitter Users Slam Delta Airlines for Mocking United Airlines’ Public Relations Fiasco on Girls’ Leggings

Delta Airlines mocked United Airlines’ public relations fiasco on the story of how the latter banned two teenage girls from boarding its plane because the girls were wearing leggings.

Twitter users thought that that was a low tactic and called out Delta Airlines for it.

Read more about the story at Huffington Post.

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Social Media Users Angry at United Airlines After It Bans Girls Wearing Leggings from Boarding

United Airlines has angered many — some calling the company sexist — after a story broke out about how two teenage girls were stopped from boarding a plane at the Denver International Airport. The reason? They were wearing leggings.

United Airlines has since clarified that the two passengers “were ‘pass travelers’ — people who are family or associates of United employees — and thus, as indirect or direct representatives of the company, must follow a dress code.”

Casual attire generally is allowed for pass travelers, according to Guerin, but the attire “of this particular pass rider did not meet the rules.” Flip flops are apparently another type of clothing that pass travelers are barred from wearing…

…The incident set off a firestorm on Twitter early Sunday after Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, posted about the girls not being allowed to board.

Fueling the controversy were initial United tweets in response to Watts that lacked context in which the airline said it “shall have the right to refuse passengers if they are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage.”

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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