Here’s a direct quote describing the worst part of the United flight incident:
Other passengers on Flight 3411 are heard saying, “Please, my God,” ”What are you doing?“ ”This is wrong,” ”Look at what you did to him“ and ”Busted his lip.“
“We almost felt like we were being taken hostage,” said Tyler Bridges. “We were stuck there. You can’t do anything as a traveller. You’re relying on the airline.”
And that is it: the worst and most disappointing thing about the United Flight was that passengers COULD have done something. They could have volunteered to give up their seat when they saw Dr. David Dao being dragged into the isle. They helplessly said, “What are you doing? Stop!” instead of taking initiative and saying, “Hey, that’s unnecessary, I’ll just volunteer so we don’t have to go through this whole ordeal.” The sad thing is I probably would have done the same thing.
Am I Passive?
This not only should cause us to cringe, but should cause us to reflect on our priorities. Is our first priority to help someone in need or to make sure we get a video of the situation? We should want to run towards someone who needs help, we shouldn’t want to sit on the side and pull out our phones.
How detached from reality are we becoming? How easily do we forget that we CAN make a difference? Why do we always have someone to blame other than ourselves?
This is short and sweet because I don’t have much to say about this topic. I’m disappointed in how we have let our culture influence us to be a passive, phone obsessed, media consuming people. I’m disappointed because there were dozens of adults on that plane that chose to stay on the sidelines as a bystander. How can we expect our children to stand up to bullies if we can’t ourselves?
You might think Floyd Briggs is a funny guy (and he is), but instead of taking a video of a dangerous situation, he stood right in the road to stop a motorcycle “before he hurts a little kid.” He could have been killed, but he made a simple choice to get off the sidelines and to do what he could to stop potential damage. How much easier would it be to walk off a flight?
I know that both parties were guilty in the United situation. The Dr. should have walked off when they asked him to, security shouldn’t have gone to such violent measures, but that’s not the point of this article. The point is that the people on the plane are at fault as well. We need to think about what we would do if we were in their situation so if something arises we can act fast, intelligently, and efficiently.