In the case of the United Express flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday, four crew members were required to board the plane in order to work from Louisville the following day.
This is an out station. The crew that would have normally flew into Louisville for a overnight to be the early departing crew the following morning somehow didn't get their on their own flight. Now, suddenly, the airline still needed to move this crew to that outstation for them to begin their rest for the next day's flight. If they don't get there, there isn't a crew to fly out and the morning flight is cancelled/delayed. If the crew drives, that time is not rest, and they don't get there for quite some time, forcing the morning flight to be delayed due to mandatory rest requirements (they are ground deadheading in that case). So, to protect the integrety of the schedule, and all its interconnecting parts, and passenger connections, that trickle outward from one delayed flight, the airline needs to deadhead its crew on that flight. To not do that, would be a much bigger problem to deal with, complicating matters like a plague. (IROP, in airline lingo) It is a huge maze of interconnecting parts; one problem, creates another, affecting [infecting] the schedule all the way down.
Bumping four here was the LEAST CONSEQUENCIAL course of action to potentially a whole airline schedule tomorrow!
Picking the individuals, now becomes a system of fare classes if NOBODY VOLUNTEERS (three did volunteer in this case, one didn't). The individual chosen is generally selected by a computer system designed to be the fairest methodology by the airline itself. Policy wise: Not even gate agent can manipulate it (as they once used to be able to in the past), removing the bias and ethical questions that may arise (like someone letting a good friend in first, like a Lincon, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, or Benjamin).
Once chosen by that system, however, it is not within your right to combatively disobey, refuse, and set up a bastion in your seat row. You are asked to leave by competent authority, and if you don't, you've escalated the situation yourself.
Doctor kicked off United Flight
+7/-4 Was felon & probably Viet Cong 4/17/2017 10:43:03 AM