United passenger dragged off plane hires high-profile personal injury lawyer
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 10:31
Joya Griffin Cummings, the passenger who filmed and share this new footage, wrote in a Facebook post that Dao was no more "irate or belligerent than any tired passenger after a long day of travel would be".
David Dao, the doctor who was violently dragged off his seat on a United Airlines plane, sparking widespread outrage on social media, has spoken out about the incident for the first time.
Meanwhile, attorneys for Dao took a step toward legal action Wednesday by filing court papers asking the Cook County court to preserve reports and other material related to the incident. His representatives are expected to hold a press conference on Thursday detailing his experience.
And then Emirates Airline released a video quoting United chief executive Oscar Munoz badmouthing Middle Eastern airlines in an airline trade publication last month.
"That is not who our family at United is".
That bad moment left Dao screaming as he was dragged off an oversold flight Sunday night. He promised that the incident would "never happen again on a United Airlines flight".
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to analyze "the problem of overbooking passengers throughout the industry".
A company spokeswoman also confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the airline would be refunding the cost of tickets to all of the passengers who were onboard Flight 3411 Sunday. The entire ordeal - including the incident's graphic and bloody aftermath - was caught on camera by fellow passengers.
When no one volunteered, the airline generated a list of four names to be removed from the flight and be re-accommodated, according to the airline's contract of carriage. The others did as they were told, but Dao refused and was yanked out of his seat and dragged off the plane by airport security.
In a statement issued on the airline's website yesterday, Munoz said "It's never too late to do the right thing".
Dr Dao, 69, was forcibly ejected by security staff from the overbooked flight to Louisville, Kentucky to make room for cabin crew.
Munoz said he is committed to "fix what's broken so this never happens again". "To remove a booked, paid, (seated) passenger - we can't do that". During the interview, Munoz mentioned one item that really jumped out regarding how they might handle the next hostile passenger in the future.