United said they’ll no longer bump passengers to seat employees … and then booted a couple en route to their wedding…. (More)

“They said that we were being disorderly and a hazard to the rest of the flight”

Talk about Stuck On Stupid:

A bride and groom headed to Costa Rica for their wedding got kicked off their United flight out of Houston on Saturday afternoon.

Michael Hohl and his fiancée Amber Maxwell were the last to board a connecting flight from Houston to Costa Rica, but there were lots of empty seats. Just not the seats they’d reserved, because another passenger was sprawled across their seats asleep when they got onboard. Rather than disturb him, they moved from their assigned seats in Row 24 to two empty seats in Row 21, thinking those were still economy class. Nope, those were “Economy Plus”:

After sitting, Hohl said a flight attendant approached and asked if they were in their ticketed seats. The couple explained they weren’t and asked if they could get an upgrade, but instead they were told they needed to return to their assigned seats.

Hohl said after complying with the flight attendant’s demand, a U.S. Marshall came onto the plane and asked them to get off. 
The couple cooperated and got off the plane without incident, but they still don’t understand why.

“They said that we were being disorderly and a hazard to the rest of the flight, to the safety of the other customers,” said Hohl.

United, of course, insists that Hohl and Maxwell were “would not follow crew instructions to return to their assigned seats.” And then comes the tell:

“We’ve been in touch with them and have rebooked them on flights tomorrow.”

My guess: they weren’t “disorderly” at all, and yet again a United flight crew acted like idiots.

Speaking of, United said they won’t bump seated passengers in favor of company employees anymore:

United Airlines will no longer let its staff take the seats of already boarded passengers on overbooked flights, a policy change born of the aftermath of an incident earlier this month in which a passenger was violently dragged from his seat.

“We issued an updated policy to make sure crews traveling on our aircraft are booked at least 60 minutes prior to departure,” spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin wrote in an email Sunday to the New York Times.

“This is one of our initial steps in a review of our policies.”

The policy change is intended to make sure incidents like the one earlier this month “never happen again,” the spokeswoman said.

Okay, so incidents exactly like the one earlier this month will “never happen again.” Now they can move on to all the other ways United flight crews display the customer service skills of Torquemada….

“I think he relishes that, to keep adversaries, competitors alike, sort of off balance”

Speaking of abusers, here’s National Security Council flack Michael Anton defending the God-King’s incoherence:

So is the president still the America Firster of the campaign, determined to avoid Middle East quagmires, make nice with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, take on Chinese currency manipulators, and blow up trade deals?

Does Donald Trump, in other words, still subscribe to the version of Trumpism that Anton and others have articulated?

Absolutely, Anton tells me in a new interview for The Global POLITICO, our weekly podcast on world affairs in the Trump era. Not only that, but Anton’s intellectual hero Machiavelli would approve of the president’s keep-them-guessing foreign policy. “The only thing maybe predictable about his foreign policy is that he says to the world, I’m going to be unpredictable,” Anton says, in a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from Anton’s choice of pseudonym to the possibility of a military strike in North Korea. “I think he relishes that, to keep adversaries, competitors alike, sort of off balance.”

Y’know who else likes to keep people “sort of off-balance” by changing their positions and rules from day to day, hour to hour, or even minute to minute? Abusers:

There are SO MANY rules for abusive relationships. I can’t help but forget them and screw up sometimes. It doesn’t help that my abuser changes the rules without telling me.

That’s pretty much a hallmark of an abusive relationship: “Do this. No, why are you, I never said to do this, do that, you idiot, never do that, do this other thing….”

The goal is to create an always-walking-on-eggshells environment of fear, where the only safe strategy is to obey, immediately and without question … and meekly accept the abuse when he decides that isn’t what he wanted after all.

Pretty much how United runs their airline … or the God-King wants to run foreign policy.


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