The video of a passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago has become a widely trendy topic among social media users and TV hosts and now Mideast carriers are having fun at United Airlines' expense.
Dubai-based Emirates released an ad after video went viral of a United passenger being forcefully removed that toyed with the Chicago-based carrier's longtime slogan. "Fly the friendly skies ... this time for real," it read.
Fly the friendly skies with a real airline. pic.twitter.com/wE5C5n6Lvn— Emirates airline (@emirates) April 11, 2017
Royal Jordanian tweeted a no-smoking picture saying "drags on our flights are strictly prohibited by passengers and crew."
Turkish Airlines did not send a tweet regarding the issue, however re-tweeted a message from Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington commenting: "Instead of involuntarily removing a passenger, Turkish Air assists in involuntarily adding one", referring to a recent flight between Guinea and Burkina Faso on which a passenger gave birth to a baby girl.
Now Qatar Airways is getting in on the gag too. An update Wednesday for its iPhone app says it "doesn't support drag and drop. We take care of customers as we unite them with their destinations."
We're united in our goal to always accommodate our passengers, even with our app updates. pic.twitter.com/1K3q76qOp6— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) April 12, 2017
Emirates and Qatar have been criticized by U.S. carriers over their rapid U.S. expansion. All three airlines have been caught up in the U.S. ban on electronics onboard.
Video of the incident taken by other passengers and showing passenger David Dao being dragged up the plane aisle and with a bloodied mouth circulated rapidly, causing public outrage that was not calmed by the airline's initial response to the case.