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[UPDATE:] United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz just released the following statement:

“This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly with him to address and resolve this situation.”

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United Airlines is coming under fire this morning after a video surfaced of the company violently dragging a man off a plane.

United overbooked a flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday and needed some passengers to give up their seats. But when nobody volunteered to take the next flight out, officials took things into their own hands.

In cell phone footage that has hit the web, you see a group of men from the Department of Aviation police ferociously drag one man out of his seat and off the plane. Literally.

In the clip, you see security pull the man from the seat, over the armrest and into the aisle way. The man, who cut his lip during the disturbing altercation, was then dragged all the way to the from of the plane on his back.

At one point, you hear someone yell, “they busted his lip.” Another female passenger can be heard screaming, “oh my god, look what you did to him.”

The man was apparently selected at random to take another flight, but when he refused, the violent occurrence went down. According to reports, the passenger was a doctor who claimed he could not leave the flight because he had to be at the “hospital in the morning to see patients.”

A spokesperson for United told WHAS ABC in a statement: “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

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  1. Garry

    April 10, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    it is a joke that United has yet apologized for this horrendous act. They seem to be taking the situation lightly and diverting the apology to there overbooking the flight. I myself am BOYCOTTING United Airlines. They expected a paying customer to give up their seat for employees. Why should the customers be harassed and forcibly made to be inconvenienced. BULLIES. The officers involved should be arrested and charged. United Airlines should be taught a lesson in their failures to accommodate paying passengers. Fear based NAZISM, worked the same way. I hope they find themselves in bankruptcy.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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