'I think United didn't want people to wear yoga pants because there's nothing to grab on to,' says DeGeneres
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United Airlines has been criticized by everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to Merriam-Webster, and now Ellen DeGeneres is sandwiching some advice for the embattled airline in between jokes.

“There was a United Airlines flight in Chicago that was overbooked, and to make room for people, they forcibly removed one of the passengers — did y’all hear about this?” said the comedian on Tuesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “It’s crazy, they charged him a $50 removal fee. That’s not true, that’s not true. No, your first forcible removal is free.”

DeGeneres kept the hits coming. “Everyone on the flight was very upset by this,” she said, “and top of it all, the in-flight movie was Manchester by the Sea. So it was very depressing, the whole flight — can you imagine?”

But DeGeneres got serious as she discussed how the company handled the issue. “They had a computer pick a random person and just took them off the plane,” she remarked. “That seems like a bad policy. Here’s a better policy: Don’t overbook your flight.”

DeGeneres also commented on United’s controversy from March, when the airliner barred two girls from flying because they were wearing leggings. “United said that yoga pants aren’t appropriate for flying, which is crazy because I’ve seen more yoga pants at airports than I’ve seen in yoga classes,” joked the host, who tied the incident to the latest United scandal. “I think United didn’t want people to wear yoga pants because there’s nothing to grab on to.”

She acknowledged the darkness of the joke, saying, “I took it too far. I told the truth.”

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