But standards of service are so low across the US airline industry that United may well get away with it.
It’s not just that Ahmed Fahour earns a lot of money. Australia Post had, until this week, been able to keep its CEO's salary top secret.
There's a common theme in the rise of class actions against companies: CEOs have not been straight with investors, issuing falsely optimistic information or concealing negative information.
If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.
Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.