TripAdvisor names the best airlines in the world (and United is nowhere to be found)

In the aftermath of the United Airlines scandal, where a doctor was bloodied while forcibly removed from a plane at Chicago O'Hare, many travelers are questioning their go-to carriers.

If you are a United loyalist but are looking to make a switch, consider swapping to one of the companies on TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards for Airlines. The travel planning and booking site used flyer reviews to assess brands that provide the best travel experiences. In the inaugural ranking, Emirates took the top spot.

According to the Khaleej Times, it operates one of the world's youngest modern wide-body fleets and is the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights. Not only are the planes themselves state of the art, but the aircraft also boasts a full bar onboard, LED mood lights, in-flight Wi-Fi and even a shower spa that puts your own bathroom to shame.

The Dubai-based airline also won the Best First Class award, which is no surprise to anyone based on the insane number of perks for elite flyers including moisturizing loungewear, skincare from organic brand VOYA, spa attendants, fully reclining seats, latte art and more 2,500 TV channels.

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When it comes to American carriers, United doesn't hold a candle to its domestic competitors.

TripAdvisor's top major airline in North America was Delta Air Lines. Additionally, JetBlue earned major accolades on the ranking. The carrier was not only was named the top mid-size/low-cost airline in North America -- it also cracked the top 10 of best overall in the world!

"This recognition by TripAdvisor and our customers demonstrates once again, that we are on the right path. Thanks to our 20,000 crew members who live and breathe our unique values every day," JetBlue executive vice president of customer experience Joanna Geraghty said.

For the complete list of winners from the 2017 Travelers' Choice awards for airlines, visit