United Airlines

United Airlines

Samantha Miranda, A&E Editor

PC: India Express

On Sun. Apr. 9, David Dao was forcibly removed off of a United Airlines flight. A passenger recorded a video of Dao as the security used force to escort him off the flight.

Due to United Airlines guidelines of overbooking flights, they had to make room for another passenger. Flight attendants at United Airlines asked Dao to move in order to make room for a “higher priority” passenger reported CNN.

According to New York Times, “At least two passengers documented the physical confrontation and the man’s anguished protests, and their videos spread rapidly online on Monday as people criticized the airline’s tactics.”

Since the videos were uploaded there has been heavy backlash. Charlie Hobart, Spokesperson for United Airlines defended the actions in a telephone interview with New York Times saying, “we had asked several times, politely,” he explained, “we had a customer who refused to leave the aircraft,” he said. “We have a number of customers on board that aircraft, and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there.”

New York Times reported that the passenger was explained the situation but replied that, “I’m not getting off the plane. I’m a doctor; I have to see patients in the morning,” and it was then that the flight attendants called security.

CNN reported that since the incident on Sunday, “Two more security officers have been placed on leave and passengers say they are receiving compensation.”

The attempt to apologize for the incident does not end there, “A total of three Chicago Department of Aviation officers are on leave following the incident,” which CNN reported, “has turned into a publicity nightmare for United.”

Since then, “many commenters called for a boycott of United [Airlines} , accusing the airline of discriminating against the passenger because he is Chinese.”

CNN reported that passengers have said, “It’s straight up discrimination,” one widely shared post said, while another commenter said they would never “fly with United again in my lifetime.”

According to CBS, “United CEO Oscar Munoz and the company called Dr. Dao on numerous occasions to express our heartfelt and deepest apologies.” Currently the lawyers of both parties are trying to reach an agreement.

As for the damage done to David Dao, CBS wrote, “United Airlines will likely face a lawsuit from David Dao, the doctor who was violently dragged off an overbooked flight,” in reference to the broken nose and concussion he suffered.