Removal of United passenger shines light on airport police
- Author: Anthony Vega Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 1:55
"This lawsuit, among other things, hopefully, will create a not just national discussion, but global discussion, on how we're going to be treated going forward", Demetrio said.
Dr. David Dao, 69, has officially filed court papers against United Airlines after being violently dragged out of his seat by authorities on a plane last Sunday.
Meanwhile, users on Twitter say some flight attendants for other US airlines have been riffing on the controversy.
Video of Sunday's incident taken by other passengers and showing Dao being dragged up the plane aisle and with a bloodied mouth circulated rapidly, causing public outrage that was not calmed by the airline's initial response to the case.
Demetrio said Dao had told him that being dragged down the plane aisle was more terrifying than his experience fleeing Vietnam in 1975.
"We were completely horrified and shocked at what had happened to my father", she said.
Dao's family and two lawyers, corporate law specialist Stephen Golan and prominent personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetri, are expected to hold a press conference regarding the incident on Thursday morning.
Dao's lawyers filed an emergency request with an IL state court on Wednesday to require United Continental Holdings Inc and the City of Chicago to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident, which would be a precursor to a lawsuit.
In a hurried reaction Monday after backlash mushroomed on social media, United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized "for having to re-accommodate these customers" - further exasperating the denizens of the online community.
No United employees were involved in the physical altercation. "If unreasonable force and violence is used under a set of circumstances, the common carrier, United Airlines is responsible".
"To be quite frank, Chicago employees should not be doing the dirty work for the friendly skies airline", said Alderman Ed Burke, who played video of Dao being removed. Three officers from the Chicago Aviation Department have been placed on leave since the incident, and a review is ongoing. "Just because the city of united is responsible doesn't mean the city of Chicago isn't also responsible", he said.
Munoz said his team had tried to reach out to Dao, but Dao's lawyers said that neither they nor the family had received any calls or messages from United. "Yes probably", said Demetrio.