A recent flight shared by Runway Girl Network brings a lot of questions and fewer answers. One thing is clear, United takes safety seriously. But should the flight have still flown?
United 31 – The Issue
According to Runway Girl Network, the aircraft servicing United 31 suffered a “broken knob on an exit door”
— Runway Girl Network (@RunwayGirl) April 7, 2017
United rebooked all passengers in row 31 and back. Perhaps ironic that Flight 31, blocked out rows 31 back. Essentially, this blocked out 9 rows of passengers in economy, translating to 63 seats that were unusable, based on SeatGuru.
United’s Response Onboard
United’s response was to block off all seats from row 31 and back. Onboard, based on photos shared from Runway Girl Network, the experience seemed quite honestly eery. Take a look below:
Was this the best solution?
I have to say, from looking at these photos, I totally get that it’d be a scary situation. In all candor, if the crew even just left the lights in the aft end of the cabin on as normal, it probably would’ve been less odd. But, United didn’t respond the best, see below:
@RunwayGirl Sometimes not having neighbors isn't such a bad thing. We hope you have a terrific flight. ^TY
— United (@united) April 7, 2017
Joking around is great. I do it all the time. But, given that this thread was in response to RGN’s photos as shared above, I feel like they were a little off the mark. But, the bigger issue, I wonder, is, should United have flown the flight anyway? I totally get that this only inconvenienced a maximum of 63 passengers, out of a total of 183 passengers. That’s still one third of passengers. Now, I get that First and Business Class passengers probably wouldn’t have cared much, I mean, they have their layflats. But for those 12 rows of economy passengers, these photos seem really, really eery and offputting.
So I would offer:
Was United right to have flown this flight as they did, or should they have cancelled it all together?