Little Spoon is a baby food delivery service hoping to fly where others flopped

Food delivery startups have proven to be a hard business focus is often on raise more than advantages, with high incense charges, low incomes and there is an opportunity logistics ordeals. But nevermind all that, a brand-new, more niche prepared banquet bringing work seems to be sounding up for babies.

Yumi( formerly Caer) announced its launch only last week; Gather, Ayesha Currys meal equipment company, likewise contributed a newborn nutrient bringing work; and Thistle, a healthy meal bringing startup in the Bay Area , now establishes newborn nutrient, very. And then theres Little Spoon, a brand-new newborn nutrient bringing startup shall be financed by Tinders Sean Rad and Kyle OBrien from Chobani.

Co-founder Michelle Muller came up with Little Spoon after recognise, aside from doing everything there is herself, there werent any fresh, healthful options for her little one around New York City.

There are better options out there for your dog than there are for your newborn, she told TechCrunch.

Sure there are already organic options at the supermarket. Beechnut was a natural organic symbol many of my friends with babes brought up when I asked about somehealthier fare. Little Spoon will likewise have to be dealt with Plum Organics and the age-old Gerber brand.

And its not clear how much of a require there is for this type of service in the market. Babies dont need much and it seems pretty easy to mince some bananas or make pureed carrots in the food processor at home.

But, should you be too busy and miss a fresher option than something thats been sitting in the grocery alley for perhaps months at chamber temperature provisions, Little Spoon offers an alternative at the least in New York for now.

However, various other newborn banquet startups havent fared well in the past and Little Spoon could become another casualty if it establishes the same mistakes. Currys Gather, which launched under a year ago, exactly redirects to Currys Instagram feednow. Yumi was in* beta last year as Caer but had now been renamed itself and supposes it wont open the doors till mid-2 017. Shoogies, a New York City-based prepared banquet bringing work seems to have shut down. Whether thats because there wasnt genuinely a market or some other reasonablenes is unknown as the founders were unreachable for comment.

* Yumi says it was extending big tests last year and had not officially launched .

But, Little Spoon points out that, unlike some of these other startups, it owns thefacility where it produces the newborn nutrient and can control the process. It likewise utilizes a proficiency announced high-pressure processing( HPP ), which is basically what happens with cold-pressed juices and enables us to lock in the nutrients and liquidate bad bacteria instead of using additives, preservatives or simply flash-freezing like some other brands.

And Little Spoon is likely to be expand beyond the Big Apple, its co-founders argue. Thats because its nutrient processing facility is actually in California and Im told the products can ship anywhere in a day.

But you dont say for your newborn on the daily. Instead, Little Spoon will ship you up to two weeks worth of four oz. sized meals for your little one at $2.99 each banquet for three meals per day, if you buy in bulk, or up to $4.99 independently( a 4 oz. jar of Beechnut Classics bananas for comparison, was $4.86 at Walmart ). Little Spoon spices and meals likewise change often to keep it amusing and age appropriate.

The team behind Little Spoon consists of Muller as the primary momma, CEO Ben Lewis, primary product officer Angela Vranich and CMO Lisa Barnett, who left her primacy as a partner with Sherpa Foundry to help co-found the company.

So far the startup has taken a cool couple million from angel investors, including the aforementioned Rad and OBrien, and plans to raise more as needed.

Nintendo is offering big rewards to hackers who find security flaws in their new console

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Calling all hackers Nintendo is offering up a entire knot of coin to security-savvy Switch owners that can find vulnerabilities in the company’s latest console. Finding and deferring a big safety problems could see you walking away with a cool $20,000.

Nintendo expanded its public security breach hunting to the Nintendo Switch yesterday, offering up compensation to anyone who notices and reports brand-new vulnerabilities in the month-old console. Depending on the seriousness of the breach, its exploitability, and the quality of the report, bug hunters could give between $100 and $20,000.

Nintendo already offers rewards for vulnerability reports on the Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS through the bug-hunting website HackerOne. The activity firstly launched for Nintendo in December 2016 and have so far been paid out rewards to three mortals( regrettably we don’t know how much they obliged for their efforts ).

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This Meme Sums Up The Absurdity Of April Perfectly

In the age of alternative facts, Twitter trolls and the Trump organisation, it seems like a single week cannot pass without some fantastic quarrel splashing in the various regions of the headlines.

So when Pepsi debuted atone-deaf Kendall Jenner commercial, United Airline violently coerceda passenger to freely leave a plane and Sean Spicer claimed thatHitler never exerted chemical weapons, all within seven days, one clever comedian decided to round up the weeks viral report into the excellent meme.

Chris Melberger appointed the person or persons we can all jest at: Spicer as a United Airline captain accommodating a Pepsi.

It was like every day was a PR nightmare, Melberger told Time magazine.I genuinely wanted to combine all three into this show of three tending topics on Chirps knowledge in human form.

Melberger is no stranger to( mild) internet popularity: The 26 -year-old is already Twitter verified and posts humor representations to YouTube.( Plus, he has a hat that does Internet Famous , so it must be true .)

But his United-Spicer-Pepsi meme may exactly be one of the most significant events hes ever done. Some parties are even announcing it the best meme of 2017, although were shy since, at this frequency, we can only imagine what nonsense will happen next week.

Melbergers meme was so timely that a politics journalist for Time advocated newspapers should start photoshopping memes instead of leading government cartoons.

People are also requesting that Melberger make weekly round-up memes, but he isnt sure thats possible.

Marble and Yelp Eat24 start robot food delivery in San Francisco

Rules governing the use of meat bringing robots remain to be seen in the various regions of the US. But major meat organizations are investigating the possibilities once. In the most recent treat, Yelp Eat2 4 has begun researching bringing by robot of cooperating with Marblein select San Francisco neighborhoods.

TechCrunch agent Marbles delivery robots, stickeredwith a Yelp Eat2 4 logo, earlier this month. But the companies announced theirrobot bringing work officially today.

Marble is one of a handful of projects developing ground-based robots that can navigate autonomously to a purchasers address. Their machines look like a large kitchen gizmo crossed with a Mars rover.

Users order as they normally would through theYelp Eat2 4 website or app. They are asked if theyre is fine with robot bringing. Ifthey opt in, they get a pin code texted to their telephone, which they can use to unlock the robots cargo bay when their Marble bringing arrives. Afterretrieving their meat, they close the door and the robot returns to Marble HQ or another restaurant.

Matt Delaney, CEO and cofounder of the San Francisco startup responded, Were beginning with the snacks, but consider our robots will be useful for everything from groceries, to pharmacy and parcel bringing in the long run. Marbles robots are designed to be courteous in an urban environment, Delaneyadded.

With on-boardlidar , cameras and ultrasonic sensors, as well as Nvidias Jetson TX1 AI supercomputers, Marbles robots perceive the environmental issues around them. They can operate era or light, using high-res, 3-D maps of the sidewalks, constructs and more in the neighborhoods where the companyoffers its services.

Structurally, the part back part of the Marble bringing robot can be swapped out. While Marble hasnt improved this peculiarity yet, it plans to someday offer temperature see, curdling its robots into a kind ofroving refrigerators or ovens. For now, Marble will rely on Yelp Eat2 4 heat baggages to remain meat warm while traveling a short distance, commonly within one mile, from a eatery to the customers door.

Marble cofounders( L-R ): Jason Calaiaro, Matt Delaney and Kevin Peterson.

Yelps user-generated recollects have long influenced the restaurant business, but the company exclusively began to facilitate meat bringing in accordance with the acquisition of Eat2 4 in early2 015. Head of Delivery Operations for Yelp Eat2 4, Shalin Sheth, used to say today the company works with about 40,000 different restaurants. Most do their own bringing. But Yelp offers a partner programconnecting them with fleets that can deliver their meat if needed.

The partnership with Marble is mainly experimental, he said.People feeing restaurants are going to want to know, should I start using engineerings like this as they come online? We need to have answers for them. We need to figure out what works.

Yelp Eat2 4 is compensating Marble just like it would any other bringing spouse. So, Marble getsa per-delivery fee and any gratuities that people who order feel inclined to give them. Itsnot likely that parties will appear feel compelled to dole out gratuities to a robot, though.

For the time being, Marble is sending a human chaperone alongside each one of service delivery robots in San Francisco responded Harrison Shih, Marbles head of concoction. Thats partly to tell inquisitive passersby all about their robots, but also to gather society feedback.Additionally, Marble robots are discovered via checks back at company headquarters.

Marble developed its robots at the hardware foundry Lemnos Labs in San Francisco. The corporation has so far created$ 4 million in grain funding in a round led by Eclipse Ventures, joined by Maven Ventures, Amplify Collaborator and Lemnos gues fund.

Eclipse Partner Greg Reichow responded Marbles team had a background build space-grade arrangements, which returns them an advantage in build robotics for use in normal gravity, even autonomous vehicles that will operate in uncontrollableenvironments. He responded, Their focus on addressing human interaction and how to be a good member of the community is gonna be a key differentiator in their long term success.

Marble faces direct race from bringing robot makersStarship Technologies and More universally, itfaces race from emerging hum bringing businesseslike Flirtey, and proved meat bringing companionships including Uber with its embattled self-driving car technology and UberEATS meat deliveryplatform.

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Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump thinks he is a master of flattery, intimidation and dealmaking. He also apparently thinks hes a New York natural at handling belligerent world leaders.

He may be right about the first three, but he is taking the planet on a hair-raising ride into a perilous unknown as he tests the fourth.

Almost overnight, Trump has transformed himself from a churlish, know-nothing isolationist into a wheeling-dealing Kissinger on Mountain Dew: speed-dating China, embracing NATO, fleet-trolling North Korea and dispatching Secretary of State Rex Hoss Tillerson to Moscow to talk nasty to putative pal Vladimir Putin.

Im flexible, and Im proud of that, the president said the other day.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a bridge to sell you if you think this is only about Trump suddenly being moved to tears by dead Syrian babies.

Its partly about turning around his dismal domestic polls. Trump is not just wagging the dog; he is wagging a whole pack of them. Have you heard much about Obamacare or the wall lately?

Talking tough has a related aim: to undercut the idea that Trump is a Putin plant, aided last year in the campaign by Russian bots, fake news sites and email hacks.

Trumps new embrace of world affairs also has to do with putting White House chief adviser Steve Bannon in a corner. Yes, the meister was laughing in the front row of Wednesdays press conference with the head of NATO. But it was a chuckle of the condemned. Everyone in town saw the presidents dismissive distancing of himself from Bannon in Trumps hometown newspaper, the New York Post. Everyone also has seen Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster shred Bannon to pieces for the amusement of vengeful First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner.

But Trumps real motivation, as with everything in Trump World, is ego gratification. Its WAY more of a rush to get on the phone with new BFF Xi Jinping than to read rising Gallup numbers.

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Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in a challenge to President Donald Trump.

Like other presidents only much faster, since he is so impatient Trump has found Congress tedious, bureaucracy boring and the press corps somewhere between annoying and treasonous.

Barack Obama was no master of world affairs either when he entered the Oval Office. But Obamas form of hubris to lecture the world on its moral failings was less perilous, at least in the short run.

Trumps form of pride is the opposite. He doesnt care about framework. He wants to make deals of all kinds, everywhere, Now. Yalta on cell and tweet. And that is a far riskier route.

Making snap judgments about world leaders with nuclear weapons or even claimingthat you are making such judgments can complicate things quickly, and do irreversible damage in societies that dont get that the tweet-paced palaver is show.

The possibility of fateful escalation in this social media age is extreme.

Sending the Navy to troll North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may feel like fun, but what if Kim decides to attack nearby Seoul with conventional weapons?

Trumps developers penchant for wanting to make deals at any cost comes with an equally evident willingness to welch on deals if it serves his purposes.

But its one thing to stiff a subcontractor. Its another to stiff, say, the Chinese. They have methods of getting payment that far exceed that of a floor-tile jobber on a highway in Paramus.

It looks as though Trump indeed made a quick deal on the phone with Xi, and it was a disastrously bad one if you care about China overwhelming the American economy with underpriced goods.

Maybe its a coincidence, but Trump has decided to stop calling China a currency manipulator; China, for its part, at the United Nations abstained from voting against an American resolution condemning Bashar Assad for his gas attack on Syrian civilians.

I was honored by the vote, the president said, as though accepting a gift from China. It seems that Xi also made some promises about helping out on North Korea by stopping coal shipments.

Were either of things worth the abandonment of the main American economic argument against China? Probably not. Did Trump run the traps of his national security team before cutting a deal with Xi? Probably not, since it all happened in a couple of hours.

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President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 28.

Putin is a bully, but if you answer him with bullying of your own you had better be patient, consistent and unflinching. Tillerson demanded that Moscow accept responsibility for the gas attack in Syria. But back in Washington, Trump was milder in tone on that topic.

Like Henry Kissinger back in the 1970s,Trump seems to think he can corner Russia by siding with China. But unlike Kissinger, Trump knows next to nothing about either country. And a one-week flirtation with Xi is not enough to scare Putin.

The last problem is that Trump mistakenly believes he knows the world because he has built hotels and licensed his name all over the globe. But in most places, he only learned what he had to learn to close the dealwhich consisted largely of knowing which local officials to flatter, cajole or threaten.

Does he know anything about the history and culture of China, Russia, North Korea or Syria? Another businessman, Henry Ford, said that history is bunk. To Trump, that is an overstatement.

As for NATO, Trump stood in the East Room Wednesday and pledged his new-found love of an alliance he denounced during the campaign as a bunch of deadbeats who were crying wolf about Russia, but who were unwilling to pay to protect themselves.

Its an enduring partnership, Trump said Wednesday, and a great alliance. Jens Stoltenberg, the stolid Norwegian who serves as NATO secretary general, stood on the stage with the president. He didnt smile much, which was smart. For there is no guarantee that Trump will say the same thing tomorrow.

Tomorrow is another episode.

Taking the Bodleian less seriously (with GIFs)

Pop quiz, hotshot. Youre equipped the social media overseer for a world-renowned institute like Oxfords Bodleian Library. What do you do? Plainly, you waste the next year making GIFs out of hundreds of thousands of cherished racial wealths hoarded there. At least thats what Adam Koszary did.

Its actually not an easy-going wonder. The public is principally scholars and bookworms who possibly stres GIF gee eye eff. Your boss are academics who intimidate experimentation, especially among young persons. Its one thing for MedievalReactsto do it, but the Bod itself?

Turns out that, after a little breaking-in span, the powers that be were happy with the light touch given to this historically weighty cloth. And it facilitated that the numbers were rising by the end of Koszarys year on the number of jobs, theyd tripled engagement.

Not precisely because of randoms who liked silly substance like the above, but because its a clever practice to share some of the items that are otherwise best experienced in person, like this inverting memento mori or a rearrangeable myriorama 😛 TAGEND

As Koszary frames it in a post summarizing its own experience 😛 TAGEND

Museums should spread knowledge and understanding online. But what I read was that to do was needed being human, and when it comes to the internet and social media, museums should be unafraid of embracing its culture, talking to beings and making risks.

Thats all, genuinely, I precisely thought it was a good example of social media success in a niche where 1 doesnt ever expect social media success. Its so easy to do it mistaken, and its nice to see it done right.

And likewise because I desire these GIFs < em> so much better .( via Metafilter)

Men Reveal Exactly How To Get Your Crushs Attention And Its Easier Than You Think

So youve had a crush on this person for a while, and youre still a bit unsure as to whether or not he knows youre alive.

HOW are you supposed to do now get his attention?

Obviously, youre proposing for more than time him accepting your existence. Youre aimingto hopefully createa~ romantic~ alliance with him.

Well, IM HERE TO TELL YOU HOW. Just kidding, I have nogame in this realm. Me trying to get my crushs goal concerns boozing excessively and thensending a eerie textbook. And after all that, Id possibly still betoo shy to say hi in person.

But there are some dudes on Reddit who might be able to help you out.

A recentthreadasked men how womencan get their humbles scrutiny, and while some of their tips-off are eerie, most of the them arepretty easy. Predicted along and try them out !< strong >

Add a wink.

Eyebrow raise with a smirk. And then a wink.

Works for both genders

It’s also funny as fuck where reference is doesn’t work

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Give hima flirtatious hug.

Sneak up and hug him from behind.

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Even better? Just smile.


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Sheepish smiles are an ultimate turn on

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Yep, see contact, smile, talk. Repeat til “youre feeling” cozy laugh and stroking his arm. Gauge reaction, ask him out. Be willing to move on if it doesn’t happen or there isn’t chemistry. He may be your ideal but it’s not the end of the world if it’s time a fleeting grind that never becomes further.

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Laugh at him.

She shrieks at any nonsense or sarcastic comment I construct , no matter how stupid it is.

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Call him beforebed.

I like when she calls me at night to talk and respond good darknes. It presents me she attends and thinks about me

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Take interest in what he likes.

My ex used to buy me particular snacks she knew I liked out of the blue. It cleared “i m feeling” special because is not simply are snacks the best, but she knew they were my favourite, and she went out of her room to construct me joyful by buying them.

EDIT: She was also highly faithful in her desire to watch Tv presents for the first time together. Even when I was busy and informed her she could watch GoT while I was busy with uni work, she insisted on waiting.

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Flash him when no one is looking.()

Flashes me in public when no one is looking. Like she’ll wear a hem and no panties, and be demonstrated by when we are somewhere we can’t fucking and it drives me crazy and teases me. The time we get alone I basically affect her.

She also comes to the gym with me. I like to watch her squat and she likes to watch me curl and shit.

Run your digits down your own organization. It’ll get his mind running.

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Or, time be yourself plain and simple.

It’s quite hard to say genuinely, my girlfriend time has to look at me. She’s got amazing green looks and time the room she looks at me is all it takes. But again, it’s a speciman by speciman basis. Human interaction is entirely distinct every time, so time be yourself. Don’t try to be who you think they’re go looking for. Be yourself, and if they don’t like it then it’s sea under the connection and move on.

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Then be unbelievably ungainly and reticent. I find it super cute. The biggest occasion really is to be yourself. That’s the person that was asked to the prom.

Also, in his spirit, he’s not out of your organization or he wouldn’t have asked you. I know it’s easier said than done, as I appear my gf is room more deserving than being persisted with me, but she ensure me this isn’t true and I do try my best for both of us.

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Honestly, be yourself. If you’re a bit whimsical then behave that room. Too, if you’re able to have a good time without worrying about what others recall. This is all time my views but it’s something my girlfriend does and I cherish it.

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If you take anything from all of this, I hope its time toBE YOURSELF.

Sure, you can smile and construct see contact when youre doing it, but I promise , nothing is more attractive than a person who can fully be themselves, without having to worry about whether or not someone will like you.

I mean, just looking at the above responses, the best ones were all some fluctuation of being yourself.

The WORST case scenario is that you wont click with the person you like after you cause him see your true colors. Then, you just have to keep being yourself until you DO gratify someone who appreciates you for who “youve been” are.

The absolute worst occasion you can do is be bullshitted. Likelihoods are, your grind will see right through it and automatically get turned off.

On the off risk he see through it and manages to like this fake account of you, youll be stuck playing this persona forever. And is that reallyworth it?

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United parody commercial rips its ‘Fly the Friendly Skies’ slogan to shreds

We’re on day two of the internet’s relentless bash of United Airlines after a passenger was forcibly ripped out of his posterior on Sunday, and the internet is testifying no sign of making up.

While plenty of memes, farces, and skit videos ought to have made after videos of the incident emerged, Funny or Die ‘s make is among the most brutal.

Using United’s “Flyer Friendly” ad from 2013, Funny or Die spliced in footage of the man being removed on the flight, and it’s as hilariously touchy and cringeworthy as you’d expect.

British teens are making mundane events go viral on Facebook

Seen any strange phenomena sounding up in your Facebook News Feed lately?

Maybe something extremely mundane, like a niche happening at a school you’ve never heard of? Or perhaps something a little bit more bizarre, like worm-charming or mushroom-growing first-class?

Well it’s not advertising, and it’s not an accident.

It’s actually part of what seems to be the latest Facebook trend among British teens: determining random phenomena pop up in their friends’ News Feeds by saying they’re going to attend, even when they’re undoubtedly not.

One of the first a few examples of this was a “Year 10 Parents Evening” in Norwich which dissolved up leading viral in a stunning way.

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Basically every time someone says they’re “attending”, the happening pops up in the News Feeds of their Facebook friends. More and more beings jump on the bandwagon, and pretty soon you’ve got an happening with more plotted attendees than the maximum capability of some Premier League games.

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The entire happen was so damn popular it even stimulated an Oscars-themed meme.

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The thing is at least in the case of the happening above it doesn’t turns out to be real. “There wasnt” details tying it to a particular institution, and “its been” announced by their home communities called WHAT’S ON? NORWICH a group formed earlier this year that’s had a number of other, same phenomena extend viral in much the same way.

In other statements, the whole happen likely started as a nonsense and just happened to go impressively viral.

But the trend is spreading and it’s now reached abundance of actual, real phenomena too.

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Yep Blackawton International Festival of Worm Charming are quite a real thing, and while the Facebook group may only have 252 likes, their WormCharing 2017 happening now has over 2,400 attendees.

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There are plenty more where that came from, very. Among the others we’ve recognized are viral phenomena about bell-ringing, regional chocolate meet-and-greets for over 55 s, and the following( likewise real) happening at Leeds University Union that learns beings how to grow palatable sprouts at home.

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The statements for that last one appears to have incapacitated, unsurprisingly.

At the time of writing, we don’t know what the happening organisers think about all this. Mashable has reached out to the people behind both the Worm Charming event and the mushroom growing introduction, and we will update this article if we receive a response.

One thing is clear, nonetheless this trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Flyer beware: why the customer isn’t always right at 40,000ft

As a United Airlines passenger discovered recently, carriers have an extraordinary range of powers including the right to stop you travelling by almost any means

Airline passengers beware: when you buy a ticket, you are not only subjecting yourself to the ordeals of security queues, baggage limits and turbulence. You are also signing a near-40,000-word contract with a carrier that, in the extreme case of a United Airlines passenger on 9 April, could have you hauled off an overbooked aircraft legally as fellow customers and a global web audience look on aghast.

Sundays extraordinary scenes on a Chicago, Illinois, to Louisville, Kentucky, flight unfolded because of two regulations that are standard practice across the industry. The first says a passenger can be barred from a flight if the number of customers with tickets exceeds the number of seats. The second says the captain can have you removed from the plane if you get emotional about it.

Air travel is a thicket of regulations and acronyms that, of course, have your safety at heart. But there can be a thin line between guaranteeing your security and dragging a seemingly innocent passenger off an overbooked aircraft.

Flight overbooking is a phenomenon born of an industry that has struggled historically to make money. Indeed, airlines lost nearly $50bn (40bn) in the past decade due to a combination of the 9/11 attacks, high oil prices and the credit crunch. The sector is making money now, but profits are slender $9.89 per passenger per journey so taking a risk and selling 183 tickets for a 180-seater plane is worth it if three of those passengers fail to turn up and you can pocket their fare expenditure as pure profit.

United Airlines passenger forcibly removed from overbooked flight video.

Airlines have very large fixed costs, so if they dont fill the plane past a certain point they will lose money. They know a certain proportion of these passengers will not show, so they need to overbook to get to break-even or better, says Brian Pearce, the chief economist of the industrys trade body, the International Air Transport Association.

The contract of carriage at United the conditions to which you agree when you buy a ticket comes in at 37,000 words and embraces a range of arcane treaties and rules, from the Montreal and Warsaw conventions to FARs, the USs federal aviation regulations.

According to one legal expert, United was acting within its rights as the furore unfolded when it tried to find seats for four crew who needed to reach a plane they were due to operate in Louisville. But such a calamitous collision of passenger rights and airline prerogative is unlikely. It is a very rare set of circumstances, says Kevin Clarke, a flight-delay specialist at UK law firm Bott & Co. Pointing out that US airlines usually seek, and find, volunteers to come off full flights in exchange for compensation, he adds: It can be a question of who backs down first. In the case of this United flight, the passenger certainly didnt.

Uniteds contract of carriage is a joyless tour of one of the worlds most over-regulated industries, where a minority of colourful terms acts of God; civil commotions is crowded out by tightly worded legalese that will stop you from taking any future journey for granted (at least on United). Under rule five, covering cancellations of reservations, the passenger is warned that all flights are subject to overbooking, which could result in the airline being unable to put the passenger on the flight. In that scenario please bear with this rule 25, on passengers denied boarding compensation, kicks in.

Using language that inadvertently acknowledges the confrontation inherent in the situation, it states that, if no passengers agree voluntarily to give up their seats in exchange for compensation, other passengers may be denied boarding involuntarily. Admittedly, there is recompense of about $1,000 available in this scenario, but it appears that the United passenger in this case said no. This brought him head to head with the far tougher rule, enshrined under the 1963 Tokyo Convention, that says the captains word is law on an airliner and that he or she has the ultimate authority in dealing with any onboard incident.

Rule 21 of Uniteds contract states that removal of a passenger may be necessary if their conduct is deemed to be disorderly, offensive, abusive or violent. It appears that the Louisville-bound passenger refused to give up his seat voluntarily and the crew deemed his behaviour to be out of line, prompting them to call in the security team at Chicago OHare international airport.

Compensation for delays caused by overbooking is guaranteed by EU law. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Speaking to the Guardian on the condition of anonymity, a senior pilot at a major airline said: The legal position is that you are not guaranteed to travel and that you must obey any reasonable commands of the crew. So, legally, the airline is right.

If it were me, I might have sought to promote a different solution [to allow] the crew to travel. I suspect a crew was out of hours [about to exceed its working-hours limit] or sick or injured somewhere else on the network and the decision was therefore a little late to send them on that aircraft. I think the reputational damage from the events on Facebook will be significantly worse than a delay even significant elsewhere.

Airline professionals are astonished that Uniteds overbooking procedures, in a market where overbooking is prevalent, resulted in a passenger being allowed to board before they were subsequently dragged off. John Strickland, an industry consultant whose career has included managing the overbooking process at a major airline, says carriers now have sophisticated computer systems that calibrate whether flights can get away with being overbooked right down to the specific route, the time of day and whether demand will surge due to holidays or special events. However, he adds: It is not a perfect science, which means when it goes wrong it needs to be handled sensitively. This is where United, a so-called full-service airline that tries to offer a level of customer service superior to that of budget rivals, could suffer lasting reputational damage.

At the end of rule 25, United states: UA shall not be liable for any punitive, consequential or special damages arising out of or in connection with UAs failure to provide the passenger with confirmed reserved space. Best of luck with that one, United.

An argument in favour of airline laws is what happens when they disappear. In the UK, compensation for delays caused by overbooking is covered by a regulation called EU 261/2004. According to industry lore, it came into fruition when MEPs grew exasperated with being bumped from flights to Brussels and Strasbourg. But airline passenger compensation could be one of the items of red tape that will be lobbed into the Brexit bonfire come EU independence day. One of the unintended consequences of severing links with Brussels, and abandoning EU 261/2004, is that passengers flying from the UK could be exposed when we say goodbye to the single market.

There is the possibility that we adopt the principles of the regulation [after leaving the EU], says Bott and Cos Clarke. But it is a possibility that we will be left without that protection. The obligation to put you on an alternative flight, the entitlement to compensation, that would not be there. You could be left stranded.

Another reason for Michael Gove and his fellow Brexiters to stick to the staycation.