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United Airlines kicked off a public relations nightmare on Monday after cellphone video surfaced of a bloodied and disoriented Asian passenger being literally pulled off an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday.

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Now, more than 36 hours into the outrage cycle, United’s CEO is apologizing for real this time:

Let’s compare that to Munoz’s offensive non-apology from earlier this morning, shall we? (Emphasis mine.)

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Dear Team,

Like you, I was upset to see and hear about what happened last night aboard United Express Flight 3411 headed from Chicago to Louisville. While the facts and circumstances are still evolving, especially with respect to why this customer defied Chicago Aviation Security Officers the way he did, to give you a clearer picture of what transpired, I’ve included below a recap from the preliminary reports filed by our employees.

As you will read, this situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help. Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.

I do, however, believe there are lessons we can learn from this experience, and we are taking a close look at the circumstances surrounding this incident. Treating our customers and each other with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are, and we must always remember this no matter how challenging the situation.

Oscar

I wonder what could possibly have changed?