Maritime musician sees renewed interest in song, public battle with United Airlines
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:35PM ADT
A viral video of a man being forcibly removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight has led to an online revival of a Maritime song.
Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Dave Carroll says the incident has sparked renewed interest in his public battle with the airline after his guitar was broken on a flight several years ago.
Carroll gained international fame after his song “United Breaks Guitars” was released in 2009. He's since travelled to 26 countries, sharing his story and speaking about customer service.
“I've been getting emails from all over the people, from Australia to Russia, people saying, ‘I love ‘United Breaks Guitars,’ they need a 4th song,’” says Carroll.
Carroll still flies United, but he says he wasn't surprised to hear about this incident.
“It's the most dis-compassionate type of a culture that you can have in a company, and I believe that big companies should be way more compassionate and try and see themselves in their passengers, rather than people that they just take money from,” says Carroll.
Carroll says that in an age when everyone has a camera, companies can’t fake it.
“You can't just have slogans that say you care about people, you actually have to show it, or you're going to be exposed,”he says.
As people continue to weigh in on how the airline handled the situation, Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner is thinking about how the passenger should respond. Wagner says there could be a number of legal avenues to explore, including use of excessive force and compensation for inconvenience.
“I'd advise him to take action against the airlines,” says Wagner. “There's a large issue of embarrassment, I think it's a significant problem for United.”
United's CEO says he has reached out to the man and the security officer has been placed on leave.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Kayla Hounsell