US Lawyer: Dragged passenger 'poster child' for airline abuses

15:16  14 april  2017
15:16  14 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers - CEO

  United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers - CEO <p>United Airlines will no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights after global outrage erupted over a video showing a passenger dragged from one of its planes in Chicago.</p>"We're not going to put a law enforcement official... to remove a booked, paid, seated passenger," United Continental Holdings Inc Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz told ABC News on Wednesday morning. "We can't do that.

CHICAGO — Dr. David Dao was trying to return home from a California vacation with his wife when he refused to give up his seat on a full United Express flight to an airline crew member. Now his lawyer hopes the 69-year-old grandfather and Kentucky physician

Now his lawyer hopes the 69-year-old grandfather and Kentucky physician, who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off the plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, becomes "a poster child " for the mistreatment passengers suffer at the hands of the airline

Crystal Pepper, hija del doctor David Dao, acompañada por el abogado Stephen Golan, habla en una conferencia de prensa el jueves, 13 de abril del 2017, en Chicago. Dao, sacado a rastras de un vuelo de United, perdió dos dientes delanteros y sufrió la fractura de la nariz y una conmoción cerebral, dijo el jueves uno de sus abogados, que acusó a las aerolíneas de abusar de sus usuarios por demasiado tiempo. (AP Foto/Teresa Crawford) © The Associated Press Crystal Pepper, hija del doctor David Dao, acompañada por el abogado Stephen Golan, habla en una conferencia de prensa el jueves, 13 de abril del 2017, en Chicago. Dao, sacado a rastras de un vuelo de United, perdió dos dientes delanteros y sufrió la fractura de la nariz y una conmoción cerebral, dijo el jueves uno de sus abogados, que acusó a las aerolíneas de abusar de sus usuarios por demasiado tiempo. (AP Foto/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO — A lawyer for a man who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off a United Express flight hopes the 69-year-old becomes "a poster child" for the mistreatment passengers suffer at the hands of the airline industry.

Attorney Thomas Demetrio indicated Thursday Dr. David Dao will sue United and the city of Chicago, which employs the officers who pulled Dao off Sunday's Louisville-bound flight.

In widely shared cellphone video, Dao is dragged down the aisle on his back, his face bloody.

Demetrio said the video showed an extraordinary instance of something that happens too routinely: Airlines overbooking flights then bumping paying customers.

He says it exposed a culture in which airlines have "bullied" passengers.

United has apologized and says it won't happen again.

American Airlines apologizes for onboard clash over stroller .
<p>American Airlines on Saturday apologized to a female passenger and suspended an employee after a video showing an onboard clash over a baby stroller went viral, in the latest embarrassment for a U.S. carrier over how it treated a customer.</p>The clip, posted to Facebook on Friday by a bystander on the flight, shows a woman in tears with a young child in her arms, and a man emerging from his seat to confront a male flight attendant.

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