Tim Clark: Emirates' US flight cut 'not permanent'

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Dr. David Dao was dragged from an United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat to a crew member on an overbooked flight. According to Dao's attorney, the 69-year-old Kentucky resident suffered a serious concussion and a broken nose and lost two teeth in the incident, which was recorded and tweeted by his fellow passengers.

A day after Emirates announced plans to cut flights to the United States by 20 percent, the airline's president has called its decision temporary and said it has no plan of withdrawing from the world's largest aviation market.

In regard to the sale of a seat when there is a no-show, airlines are technically selling a seat that has been sold; the seat on that flight belongs to the passenger who could not fly for whatever reason.

The incident came to light only because some passengers shot the horrific scene on their cell phones and posted the videos on social media.

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Interestingly, Mr. Trump called the incident "horrible", and told the Wall Street Journal there shouldn't be a cap on the incentives airlines offer to persuade passengers to volunteer their seats on overbooked flights. "So when it gets to this, suffice to say they are falls which cause us to make those kinds of changes".

The law should, among other things, set limits on overbooking and ban the forced removal of any passenger from his or her seat, save for instances of drunkenness or other disruptive behaviour.

The page, which the same passenger confirms he did not see when checking into a different United flight this past Sunday, asks "Are you interested in possibly taking a different flight in exchange for a travel certificate", helping the airline to identify which passengers have flexible travel plans and are therefore more amenable to being bumped to another flight if theirs is overbooked. We wonder whether the new United policy might include requiring late-arriving flight crews to take a limo to such a relatively near airfield.

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