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Officers who dragged doctor off flight are both fired

October 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Two airline security officers have been fired and a third has resigned over the notorious confrontation in Chicago earlier this year in which a doctor was dragged off an overbooked United Airlines domestic flight for refusing to give up his seat.

The doctor, David Dao, a man of Vietnamese descent now living in Kentucky, suffered concussion and lost teeth in the incident. He refused to give up the seat he had booked and paid for to make way for a United employee who needed to deploy to the city where the flight was headed, to begin a work roster.

Footage of the doctor’s bloodied face and the agents dragging him along the aisle was captured by phone cameras and went viral around the world – a public relations disaster that did enormous damage to United’s image.

David Dao’s bloodied face

Five-day suspensions were handed out to two other officers involved in the incident, the New York Post reported.

Regarding the three officers who have left the airline, Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said one officer had “escalated a non-threatening situation into a physically violent one by forcefully removing a passenger from the aircraft”, another officer made “misleading statements in two reports” and the third made “material omissions in a report”.

The video of Dao’s eviction and a story about it can be found here: Screaming doctor dragged off overbooked flight

United Airlines has since pledged that no overbooking problem will ever be solved in such a way again.

Written by Peter Needham

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