Beaten up doctor wins United payout


bradl

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it was enough to keep him quiet. good for him
Yes... but no..

Yes, good on him that he got a decent settlement, but also shame on him for taking the settlement. It shouldn't have come to this degree to get UAL, let alone any domestic or international carrier to look at their policies and see that there is a problem that needed to be addressed, and that regardless of how legal it is, it is wrong. The airlines are being reactive in this case and trying to dodge the bullet that UAL/RPA and AAL have taken, instead of being proactive and showing how they could have been out in the lead over the situation that lead to this incident.

Also, the settlement may have provisions in it to allow UAL/RPA to not admit to any wrongdoing during the incident, even though video evidence shows otherwise.

This should have gone to court; let the courts meke out the proper punishment/ruling, then make the statement, telling the airlines that this will not be tolerated anymore.

We now have to see the outcome of the AAL case to wonder if the airlines have received the message loud and clear.

BL.
 

vrDrew

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If he had gone to court, the case would have taken probably years to get resolved. It was in everybody's best interest to settle this out of court. A condition of the settlement was that the plaintiff not reveal how much it was, and to presumably not say anything publicly about the case.

I don't know that any public good would have been served by trying this case in Court. I don't think there is much public debate on the fact that what United did was pretty reprehensible. I don't think they'll be doing it again.

But if we, the flying public, want to ensure we don't find ourselves victims of outrageous behavior on the part of airlines - then I'm afraid there really is only one solution. It's this little thing called Government regulation.
 
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SB-MBP

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Sort of a joke really. It should be against the law for victims to have to keep quiet.. after all, if they'd have paid him off to keep quiet about the incident in the first place then we'd have so much injustice and no result or change to improve anything.

Airlines and the entire premise they operate on are a joke and as soon as oil prices put them out of business the better place the world will be for humans and the environment alike.
 

cube

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Airlines and the entire premise they operate on are a joke and as soon as oil prices put them out of business the better place the world will be for humans and the environment alike.
You do know that Bombardier Aerospace has a plant in Belfast, right?
 

bradl

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I bet it included free lifetime travel on United Airlines.
You may be on to something..

If it included lifetime travel on any Star Alliance partner, I'd take that deal. That opens up Lufthansa, South African, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Air Canada, LOT, Avianca, Copa, and All Nippon, among others. That would be a good deal.

BL.
 

cube

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You may be on to something..

If it included lifetime travel on any Star Alliance partner, I'd take that deal. That opens up Lufthansa, South African, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Air Canada, LOT, Avianca, Copa, and All Nippon, among others. That would be a good deal.

BL.
First class! (accompanied)

Lufthansa owns several airlines.
 

bradl

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First class! (accompanied)

Lufthansa owns several airlines.
Yup. Hence why if it was a lifetime of travel via Star Alliance, that opens up at least 70 something airlines. That's a big deal.

BL.
 

yaxomoxay

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I bet it included free lifetime travel on United Airlines.
It probably includes the opposite, a full ban for a long period from flying on UA. The last thing the company wants is pictures of him on UA planes, or worse him making YouTube videos.
 

WarHeadz

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You know the best part of this whole United scandal? Their prices are the cheapest right now. I'm flying to Jersey to visit the family next month, booked round trip tickets last night for only $310! No stops, direct from LAX to Newark and back.

I'll just wear a helmet, should be good to go.
 

Foggydog

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You know the best part of this whole United scandal? Their prices are the cheapest right now. I'm flying to Jersey to visit the family next month, booked round trip tickets last night for only $310! No stops, direct from LAX to Newark and back.

I'll just wear a helmet, should be good to go.
Don't forget the nose guard :p
 
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