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United Airlines Sued After Employee Pushes Elderly Passenger To Ground


United Airlines is being sued after one of its employees pushed a 70-year-old passenger onto the ground.

The Incident

United Airlines faces backlash as Ronald Tigner, a man from Texas, is suing after an employee reportedly shoved him into the ground back in 2015.

This comes just two months after an infamous incident with United Airlines, after some of their employees dragged a man out of an overbooked flight and were caught on video.

The incident reportedly happened a year ago at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and was also caught on video. The clip shows a customer service representative shoving the man onto the ground. He stayed motionless on the ground and none of the United employees stopped to help him up.

The man says this was following an argument over his boarding pass. According to his attorney, William Hoke, Tigner requested for a new boarding pass as instructed by TSA authorities. Phillips-Allred and Alejandro Anastasia, the two United employees, reportedly refused to do so.

“Anastasia was looking at Mr. Tigner and started smiling and said, ‘Can’t you see we’re busy?’ and there’s no one in the vicinity of these two employees.” Hoke said. “And he tells Anastasia to wipe that smile off his face. That’s when Anastasia says, ‘I’ll kick your (expletives)’ and shoves Tigner to the ground.”

The lawsuit is against United as a company as well as two of their employees- for over $1 million.

Comments On The Incident

Hoke said: “He lied there. He lies there lifeless for minutes. Not one employee comes to check on him.”

“No one even went to check his pulse.” he continued. “They literally left him there like a piece of garbage.”

United issued a statement to People Magazine, saying: “We have seen the video from 2015 that shows completely unacceptable behavior by a United employee. This employee is no longer with our company. The conduct shown here does not reflect our values or our commitment to treat all of our customers with respect and dignity. We are taking a thorough look into what happened here and reaching out to our customer to profusely apologize for what occurred and to make this right.”