Ellen DeGeneres Roasts United After Passenger Is Dragged Off Plane: 'Your First Forcible Removal Is Free'

Ellen DeGeneres photographed at the Montage Hotel on June 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Ellen DeGeneres photographed at the Montage Hotel on June 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ellen DeGeneres chimed in on the criticism of United Airlines during a segment of her show Tuesday (April 11) after a passenger was dragged off a plane in Chicago on Sunday.

“There was a United Airlines flight in Chicago that was overbooked, and to make room for people, they forcibly removed one of the passengers -- did y’all hear about this?” DeGeneres says. “It’s crazy -- they charged him a $50 removal fee," she jokes. "That’s not true, that’s not true. No, your first forcible removal is free.”

The host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show joked that overbooking wasn’t the only problem passengers faced on their flight last weekend. “Everyone on the flight was very upset by this and on top of it all, the in-flight movie was Manchester by the Sea. So it was very depressing, the whole flight -- can you imagine?”

DeGeneres joked with her audience, “There’s a reason I’m telling you this, and I’m sorry to say but one of you has to leave.”

The television host didn’t actually kick anyone out of the crowd, but she did offer some advice to the airline, which has been facing criticism from a slew of celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen and Zendaya.

“There were a lot of issues here, but I think the biggest problem was the way that United handled it. They had a computer pick a random person and just took them off the plane," she said. "That seems like a bad policy. Here’s a better policy: Don’t overbook your flight.”

Watch the clip from DeGeneres’ show, and see Zendaya’s tweet about the incident below:


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