New Jersey State Governor, Chris Christie, made a statement on Wednesday that he is disappointed with United Airlines and the airline’s entire attitude. His words come on the heels of a brutal attack on a passenger, who was forcibly removed from a flight from Chicago earlier in the week.
Christie is calling on the Trump administration to take action against the airline, calling the flight tycoon’s attitude towards its customers “awful.”
This airline makes a particular impact in his state, New Jersey, as 70% of the Newark flights come from United Airlines.
Christie did not hold back any punches, as he ripped United Airlines a new one, detailing all of the holes that they have in their policies.
“I don’t think they’ve ever really recovered from the merger between United and Continental, and I don’t think they’ve integrated employees. I don’t think they’ve set a culture there, and you’ve got a CEO who takes off after the guy was dragged down the aisle,” he said
Christie sent a letter Tuesday to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, saying that his state is looking into action to prevent what he called the “abusive practice” of overbooking, and requested that the administration suspend airlines’ ability to overbook.
“We would ask, in the context of the president’s efforts at regulatory reform to improve the lives of our citizens, that you consider the immediate suspension of this overbooking authority until a thorough review can be done by your department,” Christie wrote.
Christie told “Fox & Friends” that until that happens, United Airlines can capitalize on the fact that people often have no choice but to fly United in places like Newark.
“They kicked those people off … to make money and they’re doing it with the permission of the federal government,” he said. “So what I’m saying to the administration is, stop them from doing it.” The Department of Transportation and others are looking into the incident, but the White House has not signaled any regulatory changes.