Recently, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United Airlines created a major uproar. The airline asked four passengers to get off the flight for airline personal to obtain seats. The problem emerged when the fourth passenger was literally pulled out of his seat and removed from the plane. A physician from Kentucky, Dr. David Dao, was incompetent when asked to get off the plane resulting in Chicago Aviation Security Officers to be called to the scene. The officers dragged the man down the aisle where he became incredibly bloody. Now Dr. Dao is currently seeking medical treatment and care due to the brutality of being ejected from his flight.
The question arises where is the morality of capitalism in today’s society? Corporate America constantly puts forward economic profits before thinking about human dignity. Due to the fact United Airlines overbooked suggests they are profit maximizers, as unbooked seats equals a loss in revenue. Therefore, should individuals expect to be bumped from different flights every time he/she travels? Absolutely not. Capitalism is a fair exchange between goods and services. Each time an individual travels he/she should expect to get on their intended flight – everyone has places to go and people to see. Degrading an individual by bloody dragging them off the plane diminishes one’s human dignity. In today’s society, if corporate laws have come to allow this behavior, there needs to be stricter regulation. There is no justification for these actions on behalf of the Chicago Aviation Security Officers. United Airlines needs to realize there is more than money – human beings are more important.
Attempting to sellout flights aims to reduce the price of tickets, helping consumers, because big corporations have the objective to maximize profits for shareholders, which increases the volume of tickets sold, generating greater revenue. Recently, falling oil prices should have resulted in lower airline tickets. However, consumers have not seen any benefits from lower oil prices as ticket prices have risen.
The airline industry needs laws to sustain profitability. Over the years, airlines have cancelled low-volume flights, reduced service quality, merged with other airlines, and raised the price of airfare. Free market competition enables more Americans the option to fly, providing cheaper airfare as the airline can establish their own prices. When doing so, it is ALWAYS important to act morally in every circumstance.