There have been many viral travel freakouts over the years, so it’s difficult to identify one as the “most viral” of all time. However, one particularly notable incident occurred in 2017, when a passenger on a United Airlines flight was forcibly removed from his seat by security officers.
Note: We asked ChatGPT to tell us what the most viral travel freakout of all time was and to our surprise it came back with this gem, arguably the first “notable” travel freakout and certainly one of the most well-recognized. Most of the content below was also generated by ChatGPT’s AI engine.
What’s the most viral travel freakout of all time?
The incident began when United Airlines overbooked the flight and asked passengers to voluntarily give up their seats in exchange for compensation. When not enough passengers volunteered, the airline randomly selected four passengers to be bumped from the flight. One of the selected passengers, a man named Dr. David Dao, refused to give up his seat and was forcibly removed by security officers, who dragged him down the aisle of the plane. The incident was caught on video by other passengers and quickly went viral on social media.
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The incident sparked widespread outrage and led to calls for boycotts of United Airlines. The airline eventually reached a settlement with Dr. Dao and changed some of its policies regarding overbooking and how it handles passengers in similar situations.
What’s the most violent travel freakout of all time?
We then asked ChatGPT what the most violent travel freakout of all time was. Here’s its answer:
As an AI language model, I do not have access to all travel-related incidents that have occurred throughout history, so it is difficult to definitively say which one was the most violent travel freakout of all time. However, there have been some notable incidents of violent behavior on planes or in airports.
One such incident occurred in 2014, when a man aboard a Korean Air flight from New York to Seoul became enraged after being served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate. The man, who was a high-ranking executive at the airline, verbally and physically assaulted flight attendants and demanded that the plane be turned around to return to New York. The incident caused the flight to be delayed by several hours, and the man was later sentenced to prison for violating aviation safety laws.
Another incident occurred in 2017, when a man on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu tried to open the emergency exit door mid-flight. When he was stopped by flight attendants and other passengers, he became violent and fought with them. The man was ultimately restrained with duct tape and the flight was diverted to Honolulu, where he was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight crew.
It’s important to remember that any kind of violent behavior during travel can have serious consequences, both for the individuals involved and for the safety of other passengers and crew members. It’s always best to stay calm and follow the rules and instructions given by the airline and airport staff.
Hmm…what say you, dear reader? Did the AI overlords get it right?