Aviation Officers: Passenger In United Confrontation Was Combative

Robyn Ryan
April 26, 2017

Officer James Long gave a similar account.

But in his report, Long said, "the subject started swinging his arms up and down with a closed fist. Ofc".

United Airlines announced that it would stop using police to remove passengers who have been bumped from flights due to overbooking.

"He was very emphatic: 'I can't be late".

Dao, 69, however, said through his legal representatives that he plans to sue United Airlines over the injuries he suffered to his face.

David Dao refused to give up his seat and ended up bloodied with sustained injuries from the entire ordeal.

CCTV video shows Dr Dao boarding the flight, originally bound for Louisville, Kentucky.

Munoz and other executives have vowed to treat customers with dignity, and said that what happened to Dao will never happen again. From 2001-2003, Dao "unlawfully prescribed controlled substances" to patients, court documents said. Personnel files released under the Freedom of Information Act show the officer who dragged Dao was just coming off a several day suspension for not obeying orders to guard an airport entrance.

United announced two rule changes last week, including saying that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked planes.

The aviation officers - who after the incident were placed on administrative leave with pay - described Dao as combative when they approached him aboard United Express Flight 3411. "I'm not leaving this flight that I paid money for".

According to reports from Today, three officers were involved in Dr. Dao's removal.

It was as officers began to pry Dao from his seat that he started screaming, witnesses said.

The decision to drag Dao off the plane was characterized in a report as using "minimal but necessary force". Then, Long's report says, Dao pushed past Rodriguez and another officer and ran back into the plane.

The reports released Monday says Dr. David Dao fought back before he was bodily removed from the Louisville-bound plane. The names of the aviation officers are in the police records but the I-Team is not reporting the names because there has been no opportunity yet for the officers to respond.

The department said the policy was sent to all officers in the aftermath of the incident.

Likewise, Ginger S. Evans, head of the Chicago Department of Aviation, which manages O'Hare, and the three officers involved in the incident, also had asked for more time to respond.

Now that both sides of the incident have surfaced, we'll see what unfolds next.

On the other hand, Justin Green, a partner at a New York-based law firm that represents airline passengers, said that United may be looking at a legal claim on top of problems regarding business and public relations.

United has committed to sharing the results of their review and their subsequent actions by April 30.

Following the incident, Dao was taken to Lutheran General Hospital. Initially the company's market value plummeted by $1 billion.

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