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United Airlines is facing turbulence again. The airline is making headlines again after it overbooked a flight flying from Chicago to Louisville. United asked passengers to volunteer to get off the flight, and when no one obliged, the airline had Department of Aviation police forcibly remove a paying customer. The frightening footage shows officers violently dragging the screaming passenger off the plane, even causing his lip to bleed after having him fall and hit the armrest. Other passengers can be heard shouting, “This is horrible,” as the DOA officers drag him off.
“Come on,” a man says. “He busted his lip.”
“This is horrible,” one woman screams. “Jesus. Oh my God, look at what you did to him.”
United Airlines released a statement that explained the overbooking but not the violence. “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” the statement, per NBC News, read. This is the second time over the past couple of weeks that the airline has been the subject of controversy. United Airlines caused some uproar after it failed to allow a woman wearing leggings on to a flight, requesting she change before boarding the aircraft. Celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Patricia Arquette slammed the company.
“Why aren’t you allowing girls to wear leggings on flights? Who is your gate agent policing girls clothing?” Arquette tweeted. “Was there something’s strange about all these girls leggings? Do U understand U have just made at least half UR customers very unhappy?”
“Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds. Their business is being children,” she continued. “Y did dad board wearing shorts? Shorts R only business attire 4 Angus Young.”
“I have flown united before with literally no pants on,” Teigen tweeted. “Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf.”
Mario Balotelli had good cause to be in jovial spirits on Friday after inspiring Nice to victory, but few would have anticipated him to save his best celebration for the airport. The striker scored twice in the first half to help his side to a 2-1 victory away to Lille that lifted them into second in the Ligue 1 table, just a point behind leaders Monaco, who have two games in hand. The 26-year-old later uploaded footage onto his Instagram page showing him passing through airport security in suitably silly fashion, by sliding on his knees through the metal detector.
Balotelli has rediscovered his more gregarious nature in recent weeks thanks largely to an upturn in form for his club.
The former Inter, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool striker has scored four goals in his last four Ligue 1 appearances to take his tally to 15 in all competitions this season.
ABIDJAN Ivory Coast has ordered increased security at its two main ports after receiving information indicating a threat of “probable terrorist attacks” on its national territory, according to a transport ministry document seen by Reuters on Sunday.
The decision comes amid a regional maritime exercise — known as Obangame Express — sponsored by the U.S. military’s Africa Command and little more than a year after al Qaeda militants attacked an Ivory Coast beach resort.
The document, dated March 24 and verified as authentic by a senior Ivorian maritime security official, did not give further detail on the specific nature of the threat but it increased security under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code to level two, indicating a higher than normal threat level requiring tightened security both in ports and on ships.
“Security level two will apply for an undetermined duration, beginning from Friday March 24,” the document stated.
The measures apply to the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro, both important hubs for West African imports and exports, notably of cocoa. Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest cocoa producer.
Ivory Coast’s head of maritime security was not immediately reachable for comment. Government spokesman Bruno Kone said he was not aware of the increased security measures.
Nearly 20 African nations are participating in the Obangame Express training exercises, most of which are to take place offshore of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan.
In addition to its U.S. military sponsor, other international participants include Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, France, Denmark, Canada, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Ivory Coast has been a staunch ally of the West in the fight against the growing threat of Islamist militancy in West Africa and its arid Sahel region, making it a declared target for reprisals by groups including al Qaeda.
Militants from al Qaeda’s North African branch stormed the Ivorian beach resort town of Grand Bassam on March 13 last year, gunning down swimmers and sunbathers in an attack that killed 19 people.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa and Joe Bavier; Editing by Susan Thomas and David Goodman)
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