Monday 24 April 2017

Merriam-Webster trolls United Airlines by sharing the definition of 'volunteer'

By Jessica Pitocchi

The airline said they were looking for volunteers – so the dictionary has pointed out what that exactly means.

A dictionary Twitter account has poked fun at United Airlines after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight.

Merriam-Webster shared the definition of “volunteer” which was the term used by the airline in a statement after the incident.

United said they sought volunteers to give up their seats due to crew members from a sister airline needing to board but when no one came forward, they chose four people at random.

One of them was the man seen screaming in footage taken by other passengers on Flight 3411 as he was pulled out of his seat and along the aisle by police.

The dictionary said searches for the term spiked 1900% the same day.

The account has been given lots of praise from Twitter users, with one suggesting the word “voluntold” would have been a better choice.

The online outrage against United shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

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