The Internet Is Coming Up with New Mottos for United Airlines and They Are Next Level

Probably time to get a new PR person.

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On Monday, a horrifying viral video emerged, showing authorities violently dragging a passenger–who claimed to be a doctor who needed to get to his patients–out of a United Airlines flight.

According to reports (opens in new tab), the flight in question was overbooked, and when no one volunteered to give up their seat, the airline selected four passengers at random in order to make room for United employees who needed to make connecting flights. When the doctor was selected for removal and refused to comply, he was forcibly dragged off of the plane, covered in blood after being slammed into the armrest between chairs.

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The video provoked widespread shock and outrage, as people called for the boycott of the airline, which was only recently embroiled in another controversy for barring two female teenagers from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings (opens in new tab). Once the initial shock wore off, however, the Internet fought back the best way it knows how: with glorious, savage memes.

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Diana Bruk
Diana Bruk

My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications.

I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.