United shares fall 4% following backlash over passenger dragged off its flight
United Continental Holdings Inc shares fell nearly 4% on Tuesday after a worldwide backlash erupted against the carrier over a passenger who was dragged off one of its US flights.
Video footage of a man who appeared to be Asian being snatched from his seat, his limp body pulled from the passenger cabin of United Airlines Flight 3411, sparked an outcry on Monday when the footage went viral.
On Chinese social media, the incident attracted the attention of more than 340 million users on the Weibo platform by Tuesday morning. Much of the backlash centered on whether the man would have faced the same treatment if his ethnic background had been different.
According to Tyler Bridges, a passenger who was on board the flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, the man who was dragged off before takeoff said repeatedly that he was being discriminated against because he was Chinese. “He said, ‘I’m a doctor; I need to see patients,” said Bridges, a civil engineer from Louisville who recorded much of the incident on his phone.
Many Weibo users, including comedian Joe Wong and e-commerce company JD.com founder Liu Qiangdong, called for a boycott of United. “This makes me recall the nightmare experiences I had …read more