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Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was violently removed from his seat on a United flight from Chicago to Louisville, is now contemplating a lawsuit against the airline. His attorney says that Dao suffered a broken nose, lost two front teeth, and received a concussion during the scuffle, and that he may now need surgery.
United Airlines released a statement that promised not to involve law enforcement in the future. ““This horrible situation has provided a harsh learning experience from which we will take immediate, concrete action,” the statement said. “We have committed to our customers and our employees that we are going to fix what’s broken so this never happens again.”
The entire incident was caught on video, and despite the fact that law enforcement officials initially said Dao was uncooperative and that their use of force was justified, the video shows otherwise. Dao remains calm right up until the physical altercation, when he was knocked unconscious and dragged from the plane.
Dozens of Internet memes sprang up making light of the situation, but the fact remains that Dao—a paying passenger—was forcibly dragged from a flight for refusing to give up a seat due to the airline’s common practice of overbooking.
Most airlines routinely overbook flights because some seats fly empty, but typically, people volunteer to leave the flight in return for free tickets or other compensation. Federal law allows airlines to involuntarily remove passengers from overbooked flights provided that they have first asked passengers to give up their seats. According to the LA Times, first on the chopping block are passengers who paid the least for the seat or who booked at the last minute.
What Do You Think?
Do you think Dao should sue United Airlines, or has the whole thing gotten blown out of proportion? Should United have handled the situation differently?
If you’re like most people in the U.S., you took note when United Airlines’ stock took a nosedive after security personnel physically dragged a man from one of their planes for refusing to give up his seat. The airline had overbooked the flight and then demanded that the man
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