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United Airlines Update San Francisco

The Richmond Public Branch Library on Tuesday September 16, 2014. The library is on 351 9th Ave and features a children's playground near the rear entrance. (Derek Macario/

May 27, Aria Brock


San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif. – Mayhem ensued after Sunday night’s United Airlines passenger dragging video shocked the Twitter-verse. But at San Francisco State University, students had mixed reactions.

“This would never happen in Europe. It’s totally an American thing,” said Jonathan Zolghadra, 24, who is a computer science major and an Iranian exchange student.

“I thought it was a prank at first,” said Zolghadra. “It was wrong how they treated him. The guy paid for his ticket. They say it was random, but it wasn’t.”

Dr. David Dao, 69, was seated aboard United Airlines flight 3411 scheduled to depart from Louisville, Kentucky and land in Chicago when he was forcibly removed in order to make room for airline employees not originally scheduled for the flight. The episode was instantaneously broadcast worldwide after fellow passengers like Tyler Bridges took to Twitter.

<blockquote class=”twitter-video” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=””>@united</a> <a href=””>@CNN</a> <a href=””>@FoxNews</a> <a href=”″>@WHAS11</a> Man forcibly removed from plane somehow gets back on still bloody from being removed <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) <a href=”″>April 10, 2017</a></blockquote> //


SF State students like computer science major Angel fuentes,19, took a darker view than most.

“Bad things happen everywhere,” he said. But when asked if he would fly the airline he responded “no because they f***** up.”

Nicholas Mitchell, 21, chemistry major, and a sophomore on campus seemed shocked by the way the airline handled the passenger.

“It could have been done peacefully,” said Mitchell. “Since he was a doctor they should have made some accommodation”  

Other students like Jacob Harey, 26 and a junior liberal studies major, was more forgiving of the company but still thinks they could have handled it differently.

“I think because of social media, it’s available to us but this has happened before,” he said. “I don’t think there should be laws or regulations. These are billion dollar companies they should offer more, so no one has to be removed”

Students like Samantha Durham, a 23-year-old journalism major, took a pretty pragmatic view of the whole ordeal.

“I don’t think they went about it the right way, but I understand there’s guidelines they have to follow,” she said.

“But It was awful to see the man all bloodied up like that,” she continued. “It was a big **** up and bad public relations. The airline handled it very poorly”

“You’ll have to drag me,” were Dao’s last words prior to being forcibly extracted by airport personnel, according to a passenger recording released by the Daily Mail.

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Aria Brock