2 officers fired in connection with dragging doctor off United flight

19 October, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • 2 officers fired in connection with dragging doctor off United flight

Chicago's inspector general on Tuesday confirmed earlier reports that the officers involved had suggested that it was Dao's fault that he struck his face on an armrest before he was dragged off the plane.

Footage filmed by other passengers showed that aviation officers dragged Dr. David Dao by his hands and feet down the aisle of an April. 9 flight bound for Louisville, Kentucky. The inspector general's report said "the investigation also uncovered that the employees made misleading statements and deliberately removed material".

In light of the damning report, the Department of Aviation chose to terminate a security officer who allegedly "improperly escalated" the April 9 incident and the sergeant accused of redacting facts from an employee report, according to the local paper. Aviation officials fired the security official who had "improperly escalated the incident" as well as an official involved in removing facts from a report on the incident.

Remember when Louisville doctor David Dao was physically dragged off an overbooked United flight back in April, for the heinous offense of refusing to give up his seat?

One of the suspended officers chose to resign.

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In the event of an overfull flight, an airline may entice passengers with compensation to voluntarily give up seats, and, if there are not enough volunteers, may "bump" passengers.

The fiasco became a huge public relations headache for United. A few days after the incident, Demetrio held a news conference at a packed ballroom in Chicago's Union League Club where he was joined by the passenger's daughter. One video shows Dao saying, "No I'm not going".

"United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago", Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said in a statement.

After initially mishandling the aftermath, the airline repeatedly apologized, settled with Dao for an undisclosed sum, and announced a series of operational changes. The doctor, David Dao, suffered a broken nose, the loss of two teeth, and a concussion in an event that went viral on the Internet after it was captured by passengers' mobile phones. The amount that can be offered to passengers to give up their seats was also increased.

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