Couple booted from United flight in Houston

Posted April 16
Updated April 17

— A couple flying to Costa Rica for their wedding later this week were removed from a United Airlines flight in Houston for not following crew instructions.

Passenger Michael Hohl tells Houston television station KHOU (http://bit.ly/2pqIeIa) he and his fiancé moved to empty seats because another passenger was asleep Saturday in their ticketed seats. They insisted they complied with a flight attendant to return to their proper seats, but a federal air marshal came aboard the flight and asked they get off. They were rebooked on another flight Sunday.

The airline said in a statement the couple repeatedly tried to sit in upgraded seats they didn't buy and wouldn't move.

United has been under fire for the contentious removal of a doctor from a plane in Chicago last week.


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  • Kris Dawn Apr 17, 5:06 p.m.
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    Yesssss Crystal!!! We will see a few more of these as well.

  • Robert Malton Apr 17, 10:52 a.m.
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    Sounds like they were trying to get a free upgrade, I fly Eco + but I also pay the upgrade fees.

  • Crystal Czeck Apr 17, 9:15 a.m.
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    Sounds like they just want to jump on the lawsuit bandwagon. Everyone is always trying to find free money.

  • Dean Anderson Apr 17, 8:32 a.m.
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    We have some ignorant people in this world. You dang right there is something missing in this story and I bet it was the couples big mouths that got them booted. No respect in the world today. What WRAL wants you to think is all this poor poor couple with a big pity party. Need to put them on a no fly list forever.

  • Andrew Stephenson Apr 17, 8:21 a.m.
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    Ah, the linked news station article within this article says they were the last people to board the plane, which makes this a bit more confusing.

  • Andrew Stephenson Apr 17, 8:14 a.m.
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    I feel like we are missing something from this story. They were kicked off for sitting in the wrong seat, then going to the correct seat afterwards? I am willing to bet some heated exchange happened between the passengers and the flight attendants.

    Also, who thinks its OK to just...change seats on a plane before everyone is boarded? Have these people never flown before? How "asleep" could a guy be during the boarding process? Just because seats are empty when YOU get on, doesn't mean they will be empty once all passengers are onboard and the cabin door is closed (Though once the cabin door is closed, all bets are off, IMO)