Jimmy Kimmel Attacks United for Dragging Passenger Off Flight
The host also had problems with United's official statement after the incident: "Such, sanitized, say-nothing, take-no-responsibility, corporate BS speak."
Jimmy Kimmel tore into United Airlines on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! after video was spread showing security officials forcibly dragging a passenger off a flight.
The airline said the flight was overbooked as it tried to depart from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and volunteers were asked to come forward to leave the airplane. When no one came forward, four random passengers were told they had to leave.
The video, widely shared after the incident Sunday, shows several guards grabbing a man from his seat (which he refused to leave), shoving him across the armrest and dragging him down the aisle as fellow passengers decried his treatment.
“That’s how my mother used to have to get me out of bed to go to school," Kimmel joked, watching the video. "I don't even understand this, by the way. I've been to 100 games in stadiums with 50,000 seats, they never sell the seat two times to one person, but for some reason, airlines cannot figure this out."
After the event, United Airlines sent out a statement that Kimmel also mocked.
“This might be the worst part of all of it. This is what the CEO tweeted…. 'This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers,'" read Kimmel. “That’s right. He said, 're-accommodate.' Just like we re-accommodated El Chapo out of Mexico.”
"That is such, sanitized, say-nothing, take-no-responsibility, corporate BS speak. I don't know how the guy who sent that tweet didn't vomit when he typed it out," Kimmel continued.
He broke down the incident, blaming United for overselling the flight to begin with, then attacking the man who paid for his ticket, forcing him to leave the flight.
"This poor guy, they roughed him up," Kimmel said, attacking the airline for handling the incident incorrectly, then sharing his own version of United's new commercial that included their new "motto" for the airline.
"If we say you fly, you fly," said the fake ad's spokesperson. "United Airlines. F— you."