12Aug/170

United Airlines: Breathing airborne asbestos fibers is just part of the job!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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If you think the way Oscar Munoz and United Airlines treat their customers is deplorable, wait until you see how they treat their own employees.

United has for years been doing everything in its power to hide the irrefutable fact that employees working at and visiting its former World Headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL are being exposed to large amounts of airborne asbestos fibers.

United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

In an incredible new development in this saga, United attorneys have just taken the position that being exposed to asbestos is just a work place hazard that employees must endure as part of working for United.

Consider the fact that employees were not being told about the asbestos hazard. And that United did nothing to eliminate the dangerous conditions created by its reckless disregard for the laws governing asbestos removal.

Here's United's latest position concerning the ongoing asbestos hazard: employees can just file a worker's compensation claim after they are exposed to the asbestos hazard United intentionally created and tried to cover up.

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Knowing all this, it is painfully clear that the health and well-being of employees at United means absolutely nothing to the airlines' top decision makers.

Wow Oscar, makes me wonder if you underwent a heart transplant or just a removal. Perhaps a brain transplant is in order.

Does United understand that workman's comp covers accidents, not deliberate acts?

Do United attorneys think that they can claim that lying to the EPA and OSHA were accidents as well?

United Airlines manager caught lying to OSHA in asbestos case

Good luck with that strategy, Oscar.

There is no word yet on United's position regarding non-employees who were and are being exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. But I'm sure when they finally come up with one, it will be a gem.

United Airlines also illegally dumped asbestos next to children’s   playground!

Fly the friendly skies of United? No thanks, Oscar. If this is how United treats people on the ground, there is no reason at all to think the treatment gets any better in the air.

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More to come..

12Apr/170

United Airlines also illegally dumped asbestos next to children’s playground!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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Mr. Oscar Munoz, beating up paying customers whose only crime was to choose to fly United Airlines is one thing.

But an airline that illegally dumps asbestos next to a children's playground and then does everything in its considerable power to conceal the crime?

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That's going way too far. Even for United!

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----- Original Message ------

From: Marty Watters
To: Oscar Munoz
Cc: Christina Landgraf, Megan McCarthy, Brett Hart
Sent: April 12, 2017 at 8:06 AM
Subject: Oscar Munoz "It's never too late to do the right thing"

Oscar

Thank you for that quote. I agree wholeheartedly.

Now when can I expect to hear from you to discuss United's considerable asbestos problem?

Marty Watters

------ Original Message ------

From: Marty Watters
To: Oscar Munoz
Cc: Christina Landgraf, Brett Hart
Sent: April 10, 2017 at 2:38 PM
Subject: Fwd: United Airlines illegally dumped asbestos next to children's park

I have not heard from anyone at United. Today is your deadline.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/just-kill-united-passenger-says-drools-blood-video-190048492.html

------ Original Message ------

From: Marty Watters
To: Oscar Munoz
Cc: Christina Landgraf, Brett Hart
Sent: April 7, 2017 at 8:34 AM
Subject: United Airlines illegally dumped asbestos next to children's park

Mr. Oscar Munoz

Illegally parking open dumpsters full of asbestos next to a children's park is not the behavior of a company that cares.

http://rmparks.org/locations/waverly_park

Contact me at <redacted>

Marty Watters
Investigative Reporter
Illinoispaytoplay.com

------ Original Message ------

From: Marty Watters
To: Oscar Munoz
Cc: Christina Landgraf, Brett Hart
Sent: March 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Subject: United Airlines illegally dumped asbestos in suburban neighborhood

Oscar Munoz

Would you care to comment?

Marty Watters

United Airlines illegally dumped asbestos in suburban neighborhood

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Oscar, you have finally expressed your shame and have accepted responsibility for United's thug-like actions that sent 69-year-old Dr. David Dao to the hospital.

Now it's time for you and United to accept the shame and responsibility for exposing untold numbers of men, women and children to airborne asbestos fibers.

They also deserve an apology from you, along with a commitment from United to voluntarily provide them the proper medical attention.

Like you said, Oscar: "It's never too late to do the right thing".

Or was that just lip service?

Related: United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

27Mar/170

United Airlines illegally dumped asbestos in suburban neighborhood

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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In an effort to conceal its asbestos liabilities from employees and shareholders, United Airlines hired contractor A&E Services Inc. to illegally dump asbestos A&E removed from United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

To accomplish this act of deception, A&E owner Robert Nykaza convinced his longtime friend, Dan Vessel, to keep open dumpsters in his driveway at 2201 Cedar St. Rolling Meadows IL so that A&E could illegally dump the asbestos without the governing authorities knowing.

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What United management and Nykaza did not anticipate was that Vessel would reveal their criminal activity to a whistleblower.

"My buddy is doing a big asbestos removal job at United and he is dumping it in my driveway" Vessel told said whistleblower.

Ouch! That's what we call a "smoking gun".

(United Airlines manager to employees: “it would be difficult to prove” United was removing asbestos)

After the initial article on IP2P came out exposing United's illegal asbestos dumping at his house, Vessel threatened the whistleblower, telling him "you better watch your back"  and  "you can't beat United Airlines".

Here's the irony, Mr. Vessel. Your testimony may be what ultimately brings United's asbestos house of cards crashing down.

And United knows that.

So perhaps you should follow your own "watch your back" admonition.

Coincidentally, Vessel was not the only person to issue a threat.

Nykaza, United's asbestos contractor, told me that he has friends in Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency, and that "his boys will find me".

During his emotional rant, Nykaza suggested that he could kill me and get away with it.

He also kept stressing that he was mentally unstable.

You'll get no argument from me on that, Bob.

What makes this even more disturbing is that this guy is an elected official from Barrington Township, IL.

Robert Nykaza

Robert Nykaza

The real questions now are:

Do the good folks in Barrington Township know they have a mentally unstable Trustee?

And

Did Robert Nykaza break the law because he is mentally unstable, or is he becoming unhinged because he got caught red-handed breaking the law?

Either way, his troubles are just begining.

Did I mention embezzlement and kickbacks yet? I'll get to that soon.

In the meantime, I highly recommend Nykaza and Vessel seek legal counsel .

More to come...

Related: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/united-airlines-warned-employees-avoid-breathing-airborne

23Mar/170

What United Airlines’ CEO does not want the public to know

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is currently on a PR blitz, busily collecting awards and accolades for being a great communicator who really cares about United's employees and the public.

United's contention is that Munoz's concern for the happiness and well-being of United employees will turn things around at the troubled airlines.

Doesn't that sound wonderful?

Well it might, if it wasn't a fairy tale.

While Munoz has been collecting accolades, United's team of in-house lawyers and multiple outside law firms are doing everything in their considerable power to conceal from his employees and the public United's major asbestos problem at its former World Headquarters.

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------ Original Message ------
From: Marty Watters
To: Christina Landgraf
Cc: Oscar Munoz, Brett Hart
Sent: June 8, 2016 at 11:51 AM
Subject: Fwd: Asbestos medical testing (United Airlines)

Ms. Landgraf

As you know, United Airlines has quietly been providing medical testing for employees who are aware that they have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers at United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove Village IL. due to the abatements performed by A&E Services Inc.

When is United going to make an official announcement to inform all those who don't realize that they have been exposed?

Marty Watters
[redacted]

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Geoffrey Celander (UAL)
Sent: June 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Asbestos medical testing (United Airlines)

Mr. Geoffrey Celander

United Airlines is now offering employees medical testing due to the fact that they have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers at United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove village IL.

Has United Airlines made an official announcement informing all employees of this new development?

Marty Watters
[redacted]

United Airlines' illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2015/07/27/united-airlines-illegal-abatement-at-former-world-headquarters-exposing-employees-to-airborne-asbestos-fibers/

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It's understandable that Oscar does not want to be forced to discuss United's asbestos liabilities at the next shareholders meeting.

As we all know shareholders are never pleased with looming losses.

However, it is reprehensible that Munoz is accepting awards while refusing to inform his employees that United has been knowingly exposing them to a dangerous and potentially fatal carcinogen.

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Oscar Munoz, if you really care about your employees, announce the details of United Airlines' considerable asbestos problem and I will be the first to sing your praises and to nominate you for a real award.

Oh, and while you're at it, you might want to make the proper changes to United's SEC filings to accurately reflect your airline's environmental liabilities.

That is, of course, if you and United Airlines have any real intention of obeying the law moving forward.

26Feb/170

ALERT: The Hastert story is about to take a wild turn!

 

Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief

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Chicago Tribune's Christy Gutowski reported that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert retracted his accusation that Mr. Doe (Individual A) was extorting money from him in her story on the civil case of James Doe vs Dennis Hastert.

She obviously did not fact check that claim.

Because the former speaker is still implying that he is being blackmailed in recent court documents.

IP2P emailed Gutowski to get verification of the claim that Hastert retracted his accusation.

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From: [redacted]
To: Christy Gutowski
Sent: February 23, 2017 at 3:20 PM
Subject: Dennis Hastert victim again argues for rest of hush money in court filing

Ms. Christy Gutowski

Did you fact check Ms. Browne's claim that Dennis Hastert has retracted his accusation that "Individual A" was extorting money from him?

Where and when did Hastert make this retraction?

In response, Kristi Browne, the victim's attorney, said in her recent court filing: "Hastert engaged in illegal conduct by failing to make proper disclosures in connection with withdrawing funds from his bank accounts in violation of banking law, rendering himself and the agreement between the parties the subject of a federal investigation. Hastert was the first to disclose his agreement to pay Mr. Doe to federal officials, but falsely accused Mr. Doe of extortion, an accusation he has since retracted."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-dennis-hastert-lawsuit-met-20170222-story.html

[redacted]

Illinoispaytoplay.com

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Gutowski did not reply to our email.

When Gutowski was contacted by phone to discuss the seemingly fraudulent claim that Hastert had retracted his accusation, she refused to answer any questions and stated: "You will have to speak to my editor, I am just a reporter" before abruptly hanging up.

Is she implying that her editor at the Chicago Tribune is responsible for the false reporting?

Why would the Tribune do this? Especially since the Tribune has already reported that it knows the identity of "Individual A"?

(Reporters Shine Light on Alleged Victims in Dennis Hastert Case)

Perhaps the Tribune knows that if it was determined that "Individual A" was indeed blackmailing Dennis Hastert that the public would demand to know who he is?

The Tribune also knows that if it were to reveal the identity of "Individual A" it would not only confirm that Hastert was being blackmailed. It would also raise new and serious questions that would open a can of worms that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon desperately wants to keep closed to the public.

And lets face it, we all know that when the U.S. attorneys office in Chicago says "jump", the Tribune asks: "how high?"

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Nice try Zachary. But we are not falling for your "fake news"

Buckle up, folks. The Hastert story is about to take a wild turn!

(Kristi Browne and Tribune Editors did not respond to attempts for comment)

10Nov/160

United Airlines asbestos victims want to be heard

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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Victims of United Airlines' illegal asbestos removal write a letter asking to be heard.

Perhaps it's time for Congress to investigate why the Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission is refusing to hear what they have to say?

(Judge okay with perjury and fraud in his court!)

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3Oct/160

United Airlines manager to employees: “it would be difficult to prove” United was removing asbestos

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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In direct response to a recent article published by Illinoispaytoplay.com, United Airline's facilities manager Sylvia Empen recently called a mandatory meeting of employees at the airlines former World Headquarters (WHQ).

During the meeting, Empen told the very same employees who were forced to participate in the removal of asbestos without their knowledge that "it would be difficult to prove" that United has been removing asbestos from that facility.

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Difficult to prove? Really?

Aside from those employees who were forced to remove asbestos, many others actually walked into the areas where unskilled day laborers were illegally removing asbestos and got a face and lung full of the known carcinogen.

Wait, it gets even more ridiculous than that.

Empen then went on to explain to these eye witnesses that her belief that "it would be difficult to prove..." was based on the fact that the 68 invoices that authorized payment of over $1.1million to A&E Services, Inc. to remove asbestos at the WHQ say "insulation" and not "asbestos".

Considering that asbestos IS insulation, Ms. Empen apparently thought that the employees did not know that.

However, much to Empen's dismay, the United employees were not about to tolerate her latest batch of lies and were not shy about telling her so.

They also proceeded to remind Empen that everyone at United knew that A&E Services, Inc. had been removing asbestos.

One of those employees, Jane Clifford, who had asbestos fall on her head due to the illegal removal, went as far as to tell Empen that it is "fraud" to claim that A&E was not removing asbestos.

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Empen responded "that's between OSHA and A&E" and that is not her concern.

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From: Marty Watters
To: Sukhvir Kaur (OSHA)
Cc: Angie Loftus (OSHA)
Sent: September 7, 2016 at 2:37 PM
Subject: Fwd: United claims no asbestos removal

United Airlines manager caught lying to OSHA in asbestos case
illinoispaytoplay.com/2016/08/31/united-airlines-manager-caught-lying-to-osha-in-asbestos-case/

------ Original Message ------

From: Jane Clifford (United Airlines)
To: Marty Watters
Sent: November 11, 2015 at 8:11 AM
Subject: Re: United claims no asbestos removal

That's a lie

On Nov 10, 2015, at 10:55 AM, Marty Watters wrote:

Jane

United Airlines is now claiming that A&E Services did no asbestos removal from the campus in Elk Grove where you work.

Call me.

Marty Watters
[redacted]

-----Original Message-----

From: Marty Watters
To: Jane Clifford (United Airlines)
Sent: October 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Subject: Re: OSHA Investigative Findings Letter and Notification of Citations

Jane

You have a right to see the the asbestos surveys and the records of any work done in that area.

United Airlines must provide that information.

Marty Watters

-----Original Message-----

From: Jane Clifford (United Airlines)
To: Marty Watters
Sent: October 7, 2015 at 4:52 PM
Subject: Re: OSHA Investigative Findings Letter and Notification of Citations

What concerns me is not just this but also in core 5 of south bldg. you know what happened to me as you provided me the log sheet where the event was written. What are my rights? How do I know A&E abated that area properly?
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Something tells me it is likely that United's attorneys will soon be applying duct tape to Sylvia Empen's mouth.

Bit of advice, Ms. Empen: Pull that tape off your mouth in one swift motion when the FEDS come calling.

It will be a lot less painful for you that way.

31Aug/160

United Airlines manager caught lying to OSHA in asbestos case

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

Sylvia Empen

Sylvia Empen

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials Sukhvir Kaur and Angeline Loftus recently confirmed that United Airlines facilities maintenance manager Sylvia Empen lied to OSHA officials, and that by doing so Empen broke the law and could face criminal charges.

And as with many federal cases, it could be the cover-up that ultimately lands people in jail.

And for her part in the illegal removal and dumping of asbestos from buildings at United's former World Headquarters (WHQ), jail might be just where Empen is headed.

 DOJ Stresses Individual Accountability in New “Yates Memo”

Enhanced Criminal Prosecutions of Worker Safety Violations – Employers Beware

Here are the facts:

Empen contracted A&E Services Inc. to remove asbestos from United's former WHQ.

A&E Services hired Mexican day labor on an ongoing basis to illegally remove and dump the asbestos.

In doing so A&E exposed United employees and the public to vast amounts of airborne asbestos fibers.

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United employees then filed an official complaint with OSHA.

Ms. Empen told OSHA officials who were investigating that complaint for the record that A&E Services was removing fiberglass insulation and not asbestos.

Now thanks to whistleblowers at United, OSHA officials have learned that A&E Services was in fact removing large amounts of asbestos - not fiberglass insulation - from United's former WHQ, and that Empen lied to them during the investigation.

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Thanks to Empen's lies, OSHA prematurely closed its investigation. As a result, United employees and members of the public are still being exposed to airborne asbestos fibers throughout the entire campus of United's former WHQ.

It has also been established in recent meetings with OSHA officials that during their interviews with United employees, OSHA investigators did not inform the employees of their whistleblower protection rights.

That will be very important moving forward due to the fact that United employees have since endured physical threats and retaliations at work for telling OSHA investigators and United management what they knew about the illegal asbestos removal.

Steps are now being taken to ensure that United employees begin receiving the workplace protections that they are due under the federal whistleblower protection laws.

Furthermore, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon has been informed of this situation and has even received a referral from the New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate these developments due to concerns that United has violated the Non-Prosecution Agreement it entered into in a public corruption case with that office.

The question now is: How high up the United Airlines management chain does this cover-up go?

Oscar Munoz, does the buck stop with you?

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10Jun/160

ALERT: United Airlines employees being tested for asbestos exposure!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

Oscar Munoz

Oscar Munoz

 

United Airlines has finally admitted to exposing employees and visitors to airborne asbestos fibers at its former World Headquarters (WHQ) in Elk Grove Village IL. and is providing medical testing and monitoring to those who have been exposed to the airborne asbestos.

However, there is one problem.

United management is not notifying people (estimated to be in the thousands) that they were exposed and that medical help is available!

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----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Christina Landgraf (UAL Counsel)
Cc: Oscar Munoz (UAL CEO), Brett Hart (UAL General Counsel)
Sent: June 8, 2016 at 11:51 AM
Subject: Fwd: Asbestos medical testing (United Airlines)

Ms. Landgraf

As you know, United Airlines has quietly been providing medical testing for employees who are aware that they have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers at United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove Village IL. due to the abatements performed by A&E Services Inc.

When is United going to make an official announcement to inform all those who don't realize that they have been exposed?

Marty Watters
[redacted]

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Geoffrey Celander (UAL Health & Safety)
Sent: June 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Asbestos medical testing (United Airlines)

Mr. Geoffrey Celander

United Airlines is now offering employees medical testing due to the fact that they have been exposed to airborne asbestos fibers at United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove village IL.

Has United Airlines made an official announcement informing all employees of this new development?

Marty Watters
[redacted]

United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2015/07/27/united-airlines-illegal-abatement-at-former-world-headquarters-exposing-employees-to-airborne-asbestos-fibers/
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I guess United's CEO, Oscar Munoz, thinks that what people don't know can't hurt them.

Or is it that Oscar knows that if thousands of people knew that they were exposed to asbestos, it could hurt United's stock price?

I'm thinking the latter.

However, as we all know, being exposed to airborne asbestos can not only hurt you, it can in fact kill you.

So if you have ever worked at or visited United Airlines' former WHQ, you'll want to contact Sylvia Empen (847-700-1144) at United Airlines so that you can receive the proper paperwork to insure that you get medical attention.

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Don't worry about the bill. United Airlines will get that for you.

Or should I say United's shareholders will get that for you?

 

Is United's former WHQ a potential asbestos superfund site? More to come.....

20Apr/160

Judge okay with perjury and fraud in his court!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

 

The latest in the United Airlines asbestos cover-up: Administrative Law Judge Dennis L. Phillips has decided to allow perjury and fraud in his court.

After receiving irrefutable evidence that federal officials committed perjury and fraud,
Judge Phillips inexplicably reversed his previous ruling to go to trial and decided to throw the entire case out of court without even conducting a hearing.

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Note: Judge Phillips is fully aware that Mr. Simkus provide documented proof of fraud and conferred with the parties involved. The Judge is also fully aware that I did as well.

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Nevertheless, Judge Phillips ruled that you can commit perjury and fraud in his court as long as you are a government official protecting a large corporation like United Airlines.

Sadly, Judge Phillips' decision to tip the scales of justice in favor of the lawbreakers comes as no surprise.

Because the fact is that the evidence against United Airlines is so strong, it would invariably expose public corruption and the lucrative protection racket the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is running.

Under these circumstances, what Judge Phillips did is entirely understandable. After all, what judge really wants to tell government agency officials that they can't do favors for large corporations?

And what's the use of having power if you can't abuse it? Right?

However, there is one pesky fact that Judge Phillips may be overlooking: I still have the overwhelming documented proof that these crimes are being committed.

And unlike Judge Phillips, I don't do favors for corrupt government officials and large corporations that engage in criminal activity.

That's why I will be sharing the proof I have in my possession with the public and all the individuals who are currently being adversely affected by the conduct of United Airlines and its government cronies.

And you never know. The public corruption exposed here is so blatant that the Dept. of Justice might even feel they have no choice but to do something about it.

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We shall see.

One thing is for sure. The new board of directors at United Airlines will have their work cut out for them keeping the lid on this can of worms.

More to come....including kickback schemes.