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United Video Raises Questions Of Airlines Right To Remove You From Flights

PALM BEACH COUNTY (CBS12) — Viral video of a passenger forcibly removed off of a United Airlines flight in Chicago after refusing to give up his seat on an oversold flight is drawing a firestorm of criticism.

CBS12 is digging through federal documents investigating your rights and why the airlines have the right to remove you from a flight. Documents show overbooking is a common practice and it’s perfectly legal.

Security removed the passenger to free up a seat for a crew member, dragging him down the isle after choosing him at random on the oversold flight.

We shared the video with West Palm Beach civil defense attorney Greg Morse and asked him when you buy an airline ticket, are you signing away your rights once you board that aircraft. “You’re signing away on some level your right to get on that flight 100% and never have to give up your seat,” Morse said.

The disturbing video is shining the light on rules that many air travelers are not familiar with. For instance, United Airlines’ own policy states passengers can be denied boarding on an oversold flight based on itinerary, status of frequent flyer membership and even how much you paid for the ticket.

The airline however, does claim, individuals with disabilities or minors would “be the last to be involuntarily denied boarding.

According to the DOT, if the airline bumps you involuntarily and you’re scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time, the airline owes you 200% of your one way fare up to $675.00 If you’re more than two hours late, compensation doubles to 400% or up to $1,350 dollars.