This has not been a particularly good week for the US carrier, United Airlines. The airline got bad press on Sunday evening after a fracas on one of the flights in Chicago. The plane was overbooked and apparently according to the company, it had offered vouchers to the passengers to rebook but no one volunteered.
This led to the airline forcibly removing a passenger who was later revealed to be Dr David Dao which was recorded and shared on Twitter.
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
This incident has become a PR nightmare for the airline and according to reports, it has led to the company’s stock to plummet. It also led Twitter to mock the airline for their actions towards the passenger.
Pornhub criticized the Airline (of all companies)
. @united You are literally the most disgusting, unbelievable, and despicable people in the world, and im a fucking porn site.
— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) April 10, 2017
Don’t fly in a United Airline without a Pepsi
The moral of the story is don't fly #United without a Pepsi.
— Travon Free (@Travon) April 10, 2017
New spokesperson for United Airlines
— Jason C. (@CounterMoonbat) April 10, 2017
When you find yourself in an overbooked United Airlines flight
— Santorini Grease (@AdrianNeenan) April 10, 2017
If United Airlines had their own LEGO
United Airlines Lego now available. pic.twitter.com/dVY3jUsRT1
— Sam Kalidi (@samkalidi) April 12, 2017
Thank you for flying United Airlines…
"Thank You for flying United Airlines"pic.twitter.com/XHkKpmkJrq
— WWE Coverage 24/7 (@WWECoverage247) April 12, 2017
The new drag and drop feature of United’s app
— Nick Nicotera (@NickNicotera) April 11, 2017
The app jokes didn’t end there
Wow now is not the time United pic.twitter.com/VzCoL30xZA
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) April 10, 2017
People even came up with a hashtag #NewUnitedAirlines Motto
— ⚡️The Burke Report⚡️ (@TheBurkeReport) April 11, 2017
This one is based on the movie ‘Fight Club’
— Christopher Perry (@zenmasterchris) April 11, 2017
Jet lag isn't the only thing you'll need to recover from #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Patrick Carty (@Patrick_Carty) April 11, 2017
“…putting the hospital in hospitality.”
"United Airlines. Putting the hospital in hospitality"
— Daniel Abraham (@GossenLiteratur) April 11, 2017
Rival Airlines could not let this moment pass as they also mocked United Airlines for their major faux pas
Starting off is Emirates with their subtle shade
Fly the friendly skies with a real airline. pic.twitter.com/wE5C5n6Lvn
— Emirates airline (@emirates) April 11, 2017
Royal Jordanian couldn’t let this slide
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) April 10, 2017
This is not going away soon and in the age where social media use is already part and parcel of normal life, it will take a long time for United to have a better PR image with the world.