Lawyer: Dragged passenger 'poster child' for airline abuses

For Dao, who came to the USA after fleeing Vietnam by boat in 1975 when Saigon fell, being dragged off the plane "was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam", Demetrio said.

On April 9, Dao - who is an internal medicine specialist - boarded a United flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky.

"There's really no word for it", said McCarthy, who attributed the confusion to the airline's own understanding of what unfolded on the flight as it gathered additional facts.

A group of 21 senators also sent a letter to Munoz announcing plans to examine the incident, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for the US Department of Transportation to require airlines to stop overbooking flights pending a review.

In its statement, United insisted again that CEO Oscar Munoz and the airline called Dao numerous times to apologize. Munoz did not issue a true apology to Dao until days later.

The incident spawned outrage from already frazzled airline passengers.

"What happened to my dad should never happen to any human being regardless of the circumstances", Dao's daughter, Crystal Dao Pepper, said at the news conference.

A lawyer for the passenger forcibly removed from a United Express flight says the experience was more horrifying than when he left Vietnam during the fall of Saigon.

John Fuller of Fairfax, Va., described a chaotic - and bloody - scene as aviation security officers tried to remove Dao from the plane. He's a 69-year-old man.

No one knows how the scorpion got on the plane but Bell says it probably made it there from someone's luggage.

United has committed to refrain from involving law enforcement in the removal passengers from flights unless "it is a matter of safety and security". When he refused, he was dragged from the plane and suffered a significant concussion, a broken nose, a sinus injury and lost two front teeth, Demetrio said.




Attorney Thomas Demetrio said at a news conference Thursday that Dr. David Dao has been discharged from a hospital but will need reconstructive surgery.

The United Airline passenger problem is compounded by a prior incident involving leggings being treated as inappropriate flight wear.

He has hired lawyers who told a news conference Thursday they expect to file a lawsuit against the airline.

An overbooked or oversold flight occurs when an airline sells more tickets than there are available seats.

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

The disturbing episode began when the airline offered as much as $800 to passengers who gave up their seats to allow crew members to fly.

Dao's legal team filed documents on Wednesday to preserve key materials related to the incident, including the crew list, explanations of company policy and pertinent aviation-police files.

"I hope it gets all the airlines' attention", Thune said of the congressional oversight.

"It is especially troubling to city taxpayers that they will be saddled with lawsuits", Burke said.

No passengers on the plane have mentioned that Dao did anything but refuse to leave the plane when he was ordered to do so. The furor could threaten the future of the police force that guards Chicago's two main airports.

An Aviation Department spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the duties of the aviation police force, but Zalewski said the agency's commissioner will be asked that on Thursday.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel have "different fundamental philosophies"
Apr 14, 2017 - 16:32
The film series has spanned 16 years and over sixteen hours of action and characters. Of course, they're still well enough to shoot the bad guy seconds after landing.

In Syria Residents, fighters evacuate from four besieged towns
Apr 14, 2017 - 16:23
An evacuation deal for rebel fighters from Aleppo also involved insurgents allowing people to leave al-Foua and Kefraya. Critics have claimed the deal is a forced replacement and the United Nations is not supervising the evacuations.

LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf
Apr 14, 2017 - 16:23
For days if not weeks, the Cavs had longed for the playoffs to begin, especially during a season that James called "strange". So have some fans, who told me about paying big bucks to watch a team sleep-walk through some games at Quicken Loans Arena.

In Search For Life, NASA Finds Two 'Ocean Worlds'
Apr 14, 2017 - 16:21
Such a chemical reaction produces methane as a byproduct, and forms the root of Earth's own tree of life. In September, Cassini will end a 13-year mission exploring Saturn and its entourage of 62 known moons.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, authorities say
Apr 14, 2017 - 16:19
A British woman has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem, Israeli police said. Palestinian fears that Israel will seek to change those rules have repeatedly led to violence.

Trump signs bill blocking online privacy regulation
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:52
According to Republicans, this will offer the websites with the ability to harvest more data than the internet providers. Comcast is also planning to revise its existing privacy policy to ensure the privacy issues are adequately addressed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Minister: Iraq to boost crude oil production by year's end
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:41
He said that uncertainty about Libyan production added volatility to oil prices which could cause them to move in either direction.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and US
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:38
Krauthammer said may be foolish for an American secretary of state to lecture Russian Federation on its own best interests. The G-7 blames Assad's military for a deadly chemical attack last week that killed more than 80 people.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Toshiba's future in doubt after it dives $4.8 billion into red
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:37
After twice missing deadlines, Toshiba reported a net loss of 648 billion yen ($5.9 billion) for the quarter ended in December. But the auditors are, in effect, saying that Toshiba may need to undertake a more radical overhaul to ensure its survival.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:32
During the first phase, the scholarship will be available in the fall of 2017for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually. Another part of the program - students must stay in NY for the same amount of years they receive the scholarship.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Double whammy with IIP, Inflation
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:25
India adopted an inflation target of 4% last year for a five-year period with a 2 percentage point tolerance band on either side. The non-durable consumer goods output shrank by 8.6 percent in the month over a contraction of 4.9 percent year ago.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says 'I like Steve' Bannon; won't definitively say he has confidence
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:24
Bannon interviewed Trump at least nine times in 2015 and 2016 and members of his family and campaign on many other occasions. Manhattan liberals including Cohen, Kushner and Ivanka Trump seem to have taken over the West Wing of the White House.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top After trade secrets, Uber and Waymo now fight over nature of arbitration
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:22
After buying Otto, Uber put Levandowski in charge of Uber's self-driving project, a job that has been imperiled by this lawsuit. Waymo's defense came in the form of a mistaken email with attached blue print of its technology of self driving cars.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Akzo Nobel Accuses Elliott Advisors Of Planning To Share 'Price Sensitive Information'
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:17
Elliott countered by saying it would take Akzo to court over any refusal to hold a vote on the activist investor's proposal. The company, whose market value stands at about $21.1 billion, has said the offers are too low.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump reverses position, says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is 'no longer obsolete'
Apr 13, 2017 - 02:17
Security Council resolution calling for an investigation into the Syria chemical attack failed - killed by a Russian veto. As a candidate Trump complained repeatedly about fellow member states not paying their fair share.