PHOTO: United Airlines’ very serious problem with its forcible removal of a passenger is the subject of sarcasm by rival airlines. (photo via Flickr/byeangel)
Already under fire over the handling of a passenger who was forced to give up his seat and then dragged out of the plane, United Airlines is now the scorn of two of its Middle East rivals.
Emirates Airlines and Royal Jordanian both unleashed tweets today that mocked United and its ongoing controversy.
United's woes stem from forcing four passengers to re-book a flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday night. When one refused, shocking video showed the man being dragged down the aisle by law enforcement officials, bleeding from the mouth.
The video has been seen more than 6 million times and spawned social media outrage.
Royal Jordanian responded with this tweet:
Emirates quickly followed, using the two-year feud between the Gulf carriers and United, American and Delta over the Open Skies Agreement to tweak United CEO Oscar Munoz.
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Munoz, who along with his fellow legacy airlines, believe the Middle East carriers are government-subsidized, had trolled the Gulf airlines last month when he was quoted as saying "Those airlines aren't airlines. They're international branding vehicles for their countries."
However, it's doubtful we’ll see a counter-retort from United given all the trouble its responses have generated so far.