United Airlines still in recovery as passenger mulls lawsuit over removal
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 16:34
David Dao, 69, the suddenly famous doctor who was dragged off of the United flight, is now pursing legal action against the airline, according to his lawyer.
Dao filed an emergency "bill of discovery" against United and the city of Chicago to keep all video, cockpit recordings and other reports from the flight, as well as the personnel files of the aviation department officers who pulled Dao off the plane.
Fearns was already in his seat waiting to take off when he says a flight attendant told him he had to get out of first class because that cabin was full and someone else, identified as a "high-priority passenger", was being given his place.
"This will never happen again on United Airlines", CEO of United Airlines Oscar Munoz told ABC news in an interview.
Initially, the airline said employees and police acted appropriately because Dao had been "belligerent" and "disruptive" in refusing to give up his seat.
The United Airlines passenger who was videotaped being bloodied and dragged off an overbooked plane by airport police signaled Wednesday he would fight back in court.
Munoz expressed regret for his widely-criticized initial response to the debacle in which he appeared to put partial blame on the incident on the passenger, saying he had "defied" authorities and "compounded" the incident.
Munoz said he felt "ashamed" of the incident which was video-recorded and went viral.
"You know, there's a point at which I'm getting off the plane. seriously", Trump said.
The video showing Dao, who is now hospitalized after the incident, being pulled out of his seat and screaming as officers dragged him down the aircraft at Chicago O'Hare airport, received millions of views. "As part of our review, two additional officers have been placed on administrative leave until further notice". When no one volunteered, the offer was increased to $800.
Munoz said he doesn't think Dao was at fault in the incident.
The new video was posted to Facebook on Tuesday night by Cummings' friend and shows what happened before security officials dragged Dao down the aisle after he refused to give up his seat.
No eyewitnesses on the plane have suggested that Mr Dao did anything but refuse to leave the plane when he was ordered to do so.