United Airlines have been making headlines all of the world this week after a video emerged of a passenger being forced off an overbooked plane. 69 year old Dr David Dao was physically pulled out of his chair and dragged down the aisle with bloodied facial wounds.
Since the upraoar, United Airlines have made three formal apologies which have been torn to shreds by the public for being poorly executed and unsympathetic. Soon after the footage emerged online, social media ‘trolls’ and celebrity comedians turned to satire to express their outrage and disgust.
Jimmy Kimmel is just one of thousands of people who have turned to satire and humour to express the disturbing nature of the United Airlines incident.
Just hours after the video went viral, the memes and satirical videos came rolling in. Have they gone too far? What’s the line between appropriate and disrespectful? Watch it all below and decide for yourself.
Jimmy Kimmel took his turn using parody to beat the crap out of United Airlines with a phony advertisment. In the ad, the air hostess says, “Give us a problem, and we’ll drag your ass off the plane. And if you resist, we’ll beat you so badly you’ll be using your own face as a floatation device.”
Flying can be a real drag. pic.twitter.com/miBSiPdvBH
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 11, 2017
A bunch of United’s competitors took subtle digs on Twitter, as Time reports:
Fly the friendly skies with a real airline. pic.twitter.com/wE5C5n6Lvn
— Emirates airline (@emirates) April 11, 2017
We’re united in our goal to always accommodate our passengers, even with our app updates. pic.twitter.com/1K3q76qOp6
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) April 12, 2017
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) April 10, 2017
Twitter users had a go using the hashtag #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Alt Fly United (@altflyunited) April 10, 2017
sorry we overbooked our flight pic.twitter.com/ycFF4HQ8Fb
— United Over Bookings (@UnitedOverBooks) April 10, 2017
Now there’s a whole Twitter page dedicated to United memes:
Head to the Washington Post for a complete timeline of the event.