Dr. David Dao’s United nightmare could be yours

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( CNN) Imagine you’re a 69 -year-old physician — a Vietnamese-American immigrant, traveling by breath from Chicago to your Kentucky home.

Imagine that the flight you’re on is overbooked, a consequence of decisions made by the carrier to jam-pack its planes as tightly as is practicable in order to deliver maximum value to shareholders, even if in doing so it’s providing minimum comfort for travelers.