[Make ya a bet that in maybe two weeks that the outcry drops by about 90%. There will be other stories and causes that take over. That' just the way it is because it's hard to sustain this level of outrage...
Yeah, you may be right. But in a hundred years this incident will still be on a dozen Youtube sites and be high on your list when you google UA.
I just googled "United Airlines". On top came united.com. Of the next four links, three were about this incident, while the fourth was the Danish Wikipedia site about UA.
Reading some of the posts on this thread made by airline employees one gets the feeling that they really enjoy the fun of flying around in their silver birds, or they would enjoy it if it wasn't for those d... and irritating passengers they have to drag along.
Many industries have had to adjust to the modern day situation of fast and world wide spreading of information on social media. Some airlines seem to be the very slowest businesses in this respect. Let the fastest of them survive.
UA has now come to the point that during the next decade at least, whenever they experience the slightest mishap, then this incident will be linked. They will have to keep their a$$ totally clean during many years to come to be able to overcome this.
The president said it best. BTW, how often has the president of the United States of America expressed his meaning about a denied boarding?
If I had been a Chicago police officer, then I would have told the UA captain: "Go and find a plane which can accommodate the tickets you sold, or find a second plane. Overbooking is not a police job". I do hope that it's the way the police works when I am the one paying their salaries.