United Airlines Seating Assignments At A Wedding

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  • The turbulence continues for United Airlines.

    A bride and groom from Utah headed to their wedding in Costa Rica were kicked off their flight out of Houston on Saturday, KHOU reported.

    Michael Hohl and his fianceé, Amber Maxwell, arrived from Salt Lake City for a layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where they boarded Flight 1737 bound for the city of Liberia.

    The couple noticed a man spread across their row snoozing when they approached their seats, Hohl told the station.

    Not wanting to wake him, Hohl said they decided to sit three rows up — thinking it would not matter because the flight was half-full with several empty rows.

    “We thought not a big deal, it’s not like we are trying to jump up into a first-class seat,” Hohl said. “We were simply in an economy row a few rows above our economy seat.”

    But in a Boeing 737-800 like the one the couple was on, the airline considers Row 21 “economy plus,” an upgrade.

    A flight attendant asked the couple if they were in their ticketed seats. The couple said they weren’t and asked if they could get an upgrade, but instead they were told to return to their assigned seats, Hohl said.

    He said that after complying with the flight attendant’s instruction, a sky marshal asked them to get off the plane.

    But the Transportation Security Administration disputed his assertion.

    “No Federal Air Marshals were involved in this alleged incident,” the agency, which supervises the Federal Air Marshal Service, told The Post in a statement.

    United also told The Post that no air marshal or authorities other than the flight crew were involved in the incident.

    “We’re disappointed anytime a customer has an experience that doesn’t measure up to their expectations,” the airline told The Post.

    “The passengers were ticketed in Economy and attempted to move up to Economy Plus. They were offered the opportunity to pay the difference in fare, they declined, and would not follow crew member instructions to return to their assigned seats,” spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said.

    The embattled airline said it offered the couple a discounted hotel rate for the night, and rebooked them on a Sunday morning flight.

    Hohl told KUTV-TV that they cooperated because of the recent video that made headlines around the world of 69-year-old Dr. David Dao being dragged violently off a United Express plane to make room for airline employees.

    Facing a fierce backlash, United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized to Dao, his family and the flying public.

    But Hohl said he is done “Flying The Friendly Skies.”

    “I think customer service and the airlines has gone real downhill,” said Hohl, whose wedding is planned for Thursday. “The way United Airlines handled this was really absurd.”

    United last week announced it would change its passenger bumping policy in the wake of the publicity nightmare from the episode in Chicago.

    Passengers will no longer be ordered off a plane if it’s overbooked — because they won’t be allowed to board in the first place.

    Also, law enforcement officers will no longer be permitted to remove passengers from flights and airline crews traveling on a plane will be booked into seats at least 60 minutes before departure.

    The airline had been trying to get four passengers to give up their seats to make room for a flight crew.

    Dao’s lawyer — who plans to sue — said his client suffered a concussion and a broken nose and lost his two front teeth.

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