Lawyer: Dragged passenger 'poster child' for airline abuses

Doctor dragged from United Airlines flight claims it was worse than Vietnam war

C0hicago: The passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight on Sunday night will file a lawsuit against the company, his lawyer Thomas Demetrio said at a press conference on Thursday.

"When we file our lawsuit it's going to be because every word, every deposition is in that lawsuit fro a reason", he said. Bell says they got out of their seats and stepped on it. Bell was stung by the scorpion, so he and his wife searched all over the internet about scorpions and what its sting could do.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of IL said she would author a bill to end the practice of airlines denying boarding to passengers on overbooked flights.

"It's hard to figure how they wouldn't have made the necessary accommodations for people and, if necessary, paid them more", said Thune, who noted that at 6 foot 4, he nearly always finds flying uncomfortable.

Three people got off the flight, but the fourth said he was a doctor and needed to get home to treat patients on Monday. "He is a loving grandfather, and at the end of the day, that is the person who we are trying to protect and take care of".

The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane at O'Hare International Airport Sunday will require reconstructive surgery, and both United and the city of Chicago are responsible for Dr. David Dao's injuries, his attorney said Thursday.

"Are we going to continue to be treated like cattle?" asked Mr Demetrio, accusing the airline industry of having "bullied" its customers for far too long. Dao was not there. "We can not stress enough that we remain steadfast in our commitment to make this right", the statement said.

"This situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help", Munoz wrote in a letter to employees. "Someone's got to", the lawyer said. At first, United CEO Oscar Munoz supported the actions of the officers and crewmembers. No one should ever be mistreated this way.

Munoz issued a public apology Wednesday in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America". He has promised to review the airline's passenger-removal policy.


In a press conference on Thursday, Crystal Pepper appeared on national television to report how her father, David Dao, was doing after he was filmed being forcibly removed from a United flight by security. Munoz said he was committed to "fix what's broken so this never happens again".

"That is not who our family at United is", he said.

Demetrio said Dao had told him that being dragged down the plane aisle was more terrifying than his experience fleeing Vietnam in 1975.

Demetrio and a second attorney, Stephen Golan, said neither they nor the family had heard from United yet.

At a later city council aviation committee meeting, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said the department was investigating the incident and reviewing its training.

The video shined an unwanted spotlight on the airline and the little-known police force that guards Chicago's two main airports, and it could threaten the agency's future.

"There are no excuses", Alderman Michael Zalewski said. This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago.

The officers involved in the incident are city employees with the Chicago Department of Aviation.

United Airlines has since issued a refund to all passengers on the flight.

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