By Erica Abbott
An image purportedly showing United Airlines passengers wearing protective helmets during a flight is fake. While the people in the photo are wearing protective helmets, they have nothing to do with United Airlines or their current scandal.
According to Snopes, the photo began circulating social media when The Anon Message tweeted it last week. “On an actual @United flight today,” the caption reads. It has been retweeted nearly 2,000 times. The photo does not depict, however, any passengers on a United flight. Taken from a Condor Airlines mock cabin, the photo was used to spoof the United incident. The image actually features Condor employees taking part in a safety training course in Germany.
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonnMessage) April 13, 2017
United Airlines sparked social media outrage last week when video emerged of a man being forcibly removed from a Chicago flight. David Dao was dragged from his seat by security and pulled down the aisle, bloodied and disoriented, after refusing to give up his seat for United employees. CEO Oscar Munoz later issued an apology, however, a separate letter sent to employees also circulated in which Munoz defended their actions—calling the man “disruptive and belligerent.” His third apology was addressed directly to Dao amid growing outrage.
Dao’s lawyer says his client suffered a concussion, broken nose and lost teeth. Thomas Demetrio announced that reconstructive surgery will be necessary—there will likely be a lawsuit in response to the traumatic experience.
— Jayse D. Anspach (@JayseDavid) April 10, 2017
The misleading Condor safety training course photo is not the first to spoof United during the controversy. A fake Southwest Airlines slogan, “We beat the competition. Not you,” went viral, as did a photo of United’s “Special Seating & Apparel Division.” Both were meant to mock the public relations disaster United created and had no truth to them.
See how social media reacted to the latest fake image below:
Social Media Shares Fake Photo of United Passengers Wearing Helmets
Okay now this is pretty funny but not really https://t.co/vHaJwY8UOQ
— Tom Stokes (@SportsPlusShow) April 13, 2017
I guess we all need to invest in a helmet. https://t.co/S1MUIUGYIB
— Magdalena (@magda27) April 13, 2017
LMAOO! i actually had this thought! people are amazing. https://t.co/ADb1OMRYf5
— Krystal Obi (@LadyKrysMD) April 13, 2017
okay this is hilarious https://t.co/04NClA3mZd
— PnwHotMess (@PNWHOTMESS) April 13, 2017
— Miki Turner ⭐️ (@turneresq) April 13, 2017
Hey, UAL – An apology is a good beginning. But you have a few hundred ‘flight segments’ yet to go before the flying public says ‘Forgiven’. https://t.co/uQriIyuANo
— A L Katz (@boyndog) April 13, 2017
I’m dead. https://t.co/qKjJe4cKoX