If we never hear about United Airlines again, it might be too soon.
We all watched in horror as 69-year-old Dr. David Dao was dragged off his flight to accommodate the airline's employees. After several weeks of continuous news coverage, Dao and United have finally reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.
According to The New York Times, one of Dao's attorneys, Thomas A. Demetrio, said,
United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the City of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.
In order to avoid a similar incident in the future, the airline also revealed new plans, one of which includes a new check-in procedure that gives passengers the option to volunteer their seats for compensation to the tune of $10,000 (an increase from the original $1,350).
Naturally, such a widely-covered story did not go unnoticed on Twitter, and users are still continuing to weigh in on the matter.
Some cut straight to the chase — they want to know about the "undisclosed amount" Dao received...
Others expressed their disappointment with the airline's actions...
...and then there were those who didn't miss the opportunity to make a few jokes.
It's safe to say that we've heard it all.
From the teens banned from boarding because they were wearing leggings, to the world's-largest rabbit dying onboard a flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and, of course, everything we've experienced with Dr. Dao's case — his daughter speaking out, the cop telling his side of the story — it's been a PR nightmare for the airline.
Here's to hoping tensions ease and things go back to being status quo for not only United and its passengers, but everyone following along online.
It's been a very hectic few weeks, and no traveling experience should be this outrageous.