U.S. lawmakers getting ready to give #UnitedAirlines a pass on passenger brutality

United Airlines Inc executives will visit Capitol Hill on to face lawmakers’ questions about the forcible removal of a passenger on an overbooked flight last month, an incident that provoked international outrage.

United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz’s appearance before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will test how the Republican-led Congress addresses company misconduct at a time of sweeping deregulation in Washington. Republicans largely back President Donald Trump’s push to undo industry rules and regulations they say hamper business growth.

Joining Munoz at the hearing will be United President Scott Kirby as well as executives from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and a consumers’ union consultant.

The executives will be grilled on the growing consumer anger directed at airlines, which came to a head when Dr. David Dao was dragged from a United flight at a Chicago airport on April 9 to make room for crew members on the aircraft.

They shouldn’t be too worried. The airline lobby pumps millions of campaign dollars into congressional campaigns.

Congress will no doubt give United a pass on this.

Read the whole story in Reuters

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