Ellen DeGeneres roasts United Airlines in overbooked flight row (WATCH)
Talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres has laid into United Airlines after it dragged a passenger off a flight.
The struggling airline has been heavily criticised after it forcibly removed a passenger from a flight because the airline had been over-booked it.
Dr David Dao, 69, was seen being manhandled and covered in blood in an online video that has now been viewed hundreds of millions of times.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, now even Ellen has laid into the airline.
The comic joked that one of her audience members would be forced to leave, before adding, “I’d never do that.”
Dr Dao had been one of four passengers randomly selected by computer to be removed from the flight.
However he refused as he had patients to see the following day, and could not wait for the subsequant flight.
“That seems like a bad policy,” DeGeneres said of United’s policy.
“Here’s a better policy: Don’t overbook your flights!”
The audience clapped loudly as she laid into the airline’s behaviour.
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Video of the incident, posted online by another passenger, has now been viewed more than 100 million times in China, where commentators have taken offence, saying he was targetted for “looking Chinese”.
China is the airline’s biggest growing market outside of the US.
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The Mail discovered was that 12 years ago, the doctor, who is married with five children, was found guilty on six felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit by the state of Kentucky.
The jury recommended a sentence of two years and eight months, which was handed to lung specialist Dr Dao as a suspended sentence.
And when the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure investigated the criminal charges against Dr Dao a year earlier, it found that the doctor “had become sexually interested in a patient who had been referred to his practice”.