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United’s booting of passenger made no money sense, advocates say

United’s booting of passenger made no money sense, advocates say

WASHINGTON — A viral video of a screaming passenger being dragged off a United flight Sunday by police raises a question: Was it even necessary to kick passengers off the flight to accommodate four airline employees who needed transportation?
The answer is no, passenger advocates say.
The airlines have agreements with one another to give discounts to employees of other carriers based on the distance flown. It’s a huge discount from usual fares.
For example, United could have sent its employees by taxi about an hour across Chicago from O’Hare airport to Midway airport and put them on a Southwest flight to Louisville, Ky., where they were needed Monday.
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