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Behind the Incident of United Express Flight 3411: Part II | Silver

Part II: Implications 

As a continuation of my previous discussions about United Express Flight 3411, Part II includes a closer examination of the incident from perspectives of both United Airlines and today’s commercial aviation industry.

The end of Part I seems to suggest an easily-reached conclusion: since clauses regarding overbooking are specified in the contract of carriage, airlines could as easily deny a passenger to board if they see a greater economic interest in selling more tickets or accommodating other last-minute top-tier frequent flyers or VIPs. As long as airlines see a smaller marginal cost to denying a “regular passenger” onboard, they are free to do so within the legal frame. And in the case of United Express Flight 3411, the “VIPs” were four “deadhead crew” who needed to fly from their base in Chicago to Louisville to serve another flight. Again, what the crew on that flight did was perfectly legal: after 9/11, for security reasons, on U.S. commercial aircrafts, crew members are given the absolute authority and failure to comply with any of their instructions could result in the intervention of law enforcement. But this time, with the rapid spread of this incident’s footage on the Internet, the marginal cost of denying David Dao skyrocketed.

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Lufthansa 747-8 at Frankfurt Airport (picture taken by myself in March 2017) 

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Stigma and Relationships-Brandon

After an interesting tangent last week on the relationship between mania and creativity, I decided to go back to our list of topics and find a case study that addressed one of them. Lily focused on how bipolar disorder affects familial relationships last week so I decided to find a case study that was  centered around social relationships. After clicking through pages and pages of articles on Google Scholar, ProQuest, and Jstor without finding anything relevant I was ready to give up.  Continue reading