The U.S. Department of Transportation should indeed look into airlines' overbooking practices and passenger rights although it's unclear whether the United Express flight in question was overbooked. It remains to be seen how the incident will impact airlines and United, in particular, over the long term.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has asked the Trump administration to suspend regulations that allow airlines to overbook flights.
Christie, a Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Tuesday, citing a passenger who was dragged off a United Express flight in Chicago on Sunday.
Christie called the practice of “bumping” passengers off flights “unconscionable.”
United is a dominant carrier at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.
A message left with Chao’s office was not immediately returned.
A spokesman for President Donald Trump says it was “troubling” to watch video that spread across social media of a passenger being dragged off of a United Airlines flight.
But White House press secretary Sean Spicer says it’s unlikely the federal government will launch a separate investigation.
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Photo Credit: This April 9, 2017 image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Audra D. Bridges via Associated Press