Hong Kong Action Star Donnie Yen Blacklists United Airlines

The Ip Man star is permanently hostile to the “friendly skies” carrier.

Following the forced removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight and the accompanying internet outrage, Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen Ji-dan has stated publicly that he will never fly the US-based carrier again via his official Facebook account.

“My nine years [sic] old son saw this news on tv and was horrified, “Baba, what happened?” How do you teach your children of such uncivilized, injustice, discriminated, publicly and proudly assaulted a 69 year old man, treating him like trash. No one should be treated this way. This is unacceptable and need to be condemn. United was never my choice of airline, now they are black listed,” Yen wrote.

Dr. Daniel Dao, a medical doctor and one-time professional poker player, was dragged from United Airlines flight 3411 when he was involuntarily bumped but declined to give up his seat. The resulting online uproar caused United Airlines at one point to lose US$1.4 billion in market value.

Yen is one of Greater China’s biggest action stars, producing and starring in the Ip Man series. He also appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Jedi Chirrut Îmwe, and in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage as Cage’s nemesis, Xiang.

One wonders how often a star of Yen’s magnitude flies commercial, but his point is taken.