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Department Of Transportation Is 'Reviewing' United Airlines Incident For Violently 'Re-Accomodating' Passenger!

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United Airlines is approaching bumpy skies.

The airline came under fire on Monday after a video went viral showing a bloodied doctor being forcibly removed from a plane by police officers.

Now, the Department of Transportation is "reviewing" the incident that put the 69-year-old passenger in the hospital for injuries on his face.

Related: Celebs React To Shocking United Airlines Incident!

The Chicago Aviation Department took swift action by putting the officer responsible for the injuries on administrative leave, however United is keeping a much more united front on the matter.

Airline CEO Oscar Munoz was appalled by the situation in a public statement, though he sang a much different tune in an email to United employees in which he blamed the passenger.

While the Transportation Dept. said it was legal for airlines to involuntary "re-accommodate" passengers, it still plans on investigating to make sure regulations were followed. The department said in the a statement:

"The Department of Transportation (USDOT) remains committed to protecting the rights of consumers and is reviewing the involuntary denied boarding of passenger(s) from United Express flight 3411 to determine whether the airline complied with the oversales rule. The Department is responsible for ensuring that airlines comply with the Department's consumer protection regulations including its oversales rule. While it is legal for airlines to involuntary bump passengers from an oversold flight when there are not enough volunteers, it is the airline's responsibility to determine its own fair boarding priorities."

The airline said the overbooked flight first asked for volunteers to give up their seats in exchange for $800.

United said the seats were needed to accommodate crew members, and doesn't really know what else to say besides "whoops"! The airline released a statement to Business Insider:

"Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities."

Let's hope the authorities conduct a thorough investigation on the matter so that passengers on overbooked flights won't have to be forced to choose between $800 in airfare or a $0 ass whooping.

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