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Bowing to Pressure, United Announces Changes

United Airlines announced an update to its policy on allowing its flight crews to displace passengers who are already seated on a plane. Under the new policy, crew members traveling on its aircraft must be booked into seats at least 60 minutes before departure. The airline made the change after two separate videos––one showing aviation security officials dragging a passenger out of his seat and down the aisle, and other showing him bleeding and disoriented after the assault––went viral on social media.

According to internal emails published by TMZ, crews who are not booked within the 60-minute window will need to be booked on the next available flight. No crew member "can displace a customer who has boarded an aircraft," according to the email published Friday.

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