Oh boy. United Airlines is trending on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter — but it’s not pretty.
On Monday, United forcibly removed an Asian man from a Chicago-Louisville flight. In disturbing footage, the security staff are seen struggling with the passenger, before he is removed from his seat and dragged down the aisle with a bloodied mouth.
The incident was top on Weibo on Tuesday, with the hashtag #美联航强制乘客下机# , or “United forces passenger off plane.”
Over 180 million users have engaged with the trending topic, and have collectively posted 890,000 comments.
The outrage is China appears to have come from a media quote from a passenger onboard the flight, Tyler Bridges.
“He said, more or less, ‘I’m being selected because I’m Chinese’,” Bridges had told the Washington Post.
United has said that the four passengers selected to disembark were picked at random. It’s also denied accusations that the man was picked because of his race.
Despite this, the translated comment has sparked fresh outrage on Weibo, where people are boycotting the airline and cutting up their membership cards.