Emirates makes fun of United following passenger scandal

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Emirates posted a commercial on its Twitter page hitting back at past comments from United Airlines’ CEO

The internet has gone wild over a social-media video showing a passenger being dragged from his seat and removed from an United Airlines flight with blood on his face.

The 69-year-old passenger had refused to be “bumped” off the overbooked flight – an airline practice that has come under increased scrutiny since the incident was exposed on social media.

In wake of the scandal, Emirates has used the public backlash against the violent removal of the passenger to get back at its critics.

The Dubai-based airline released an ad on Tuesday mocking United CEO Oscar Munoz for his past comments about Gulf airline carriers.

Quoting Munoz, the clip starts: “Those [Gulf] airlines aren’t airlines.

“Well Mr. Munoz, according to Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, not only are we a real airline… we are the best airline,” the commercial continues.

The clip then goes on to list the awards the company has won from Trip Advisor this past year.

In a final quip at the US carrier’s slogan, the ad concludes: “Fly the friendly skies… This time for real.”

The video has been retweeted more than 6,000 times and attracted 9,200 likes.

The social media clip from Emirates follows a statement from Munoz apologising for the violent removal of the paid passenger.

“I continue to be distrubed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologise to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard,” Munoz said according to media reports.

He added: “I want you to know that we take full responsibilty and we will work to make it right.”

In another jibe at United, a video posted on YouTube introduces the airline’s “superior class”.

The video starts: “Ever have difficulties getting a last-minute seat on United? Not anymore.

“Introducing United Superior Class.”

Mocking the airline, the video continues: “Through groundbreaking algorithms, we can determine which passenger paid the least for their ticket and will make way for any Superior Class ticket holder.”

In response to the recent passenger incident hundreds of memes have emerged on social media.

The video starts: “Ever have difficulties getting a last-minute seat on United? Not anymore.

“Introducing United Superior Class.”

Mocking the airline, the video continues: “Through groundbreaking algorithms, we can determine which passenger paid the least for their ticket and will make way for any Superior Class ticket holder.”

In response to the recent passenger incident hundreds of memes have emerged on social media.

Airlines from the US have been critical of Gulf carriers for having unfair competitive advantage over them. They recently asked American President Donal Trump to intervene and stop their Gulf rivals from further expansion into the US market.

United Airlines employees staged a rally in March when Emirates kicked off its new service to New Jersey.