Officers fired following probe of United passenger removal

Alicia Cross
October 19, 2017

Also, the Inspector General's report should become the poster child for why passengers should always maintain the right to videotape mistreatment of all kinds.

The forcible removal has led to a number of changes from airlines, including the amount it can offer its passengers to give up their seats.

Footage filmed by other passengers showed that aviation officers dragged Dr. David Dao by his hands and feet down the aisle of an April. 9 flight bound for Louisville, Kentucky.

United eventually apologized and entered into an undisclosed settlement with Dao for his injuries, the radio broadcaster said. Well, two aviation security officials involved in the incident, in which the 69-year-old received concussion and a broken nose and teeth, have been fired.

Dr Dao refused to leave the overbooked flight after being told his seat was needed for a crew member.

Based on those findings, the aviation department fired one of the officers and the sergeant for escalating the incident. United came under fire for how Dao was removed from the flight, as well as for how it initially responded to reports of the incident.

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The videos show some type of skirmish and then an officer dragging the bloody man out of the plane to the backdrop of a passenger screaming about the ordeal.

The inspector general originally ordered a five-day suspension for two other officers.

Long said Dao was injured when he hit his arm, causing him to lose his grip, and his face smashed against an armrest.

Two other officers involved in the incident were suspended for five days, as recommended by Ferguson's office. But for the video, the filed report stating that only "minimal" force was used would have been unnoticed.

He urged Evans to "fully consider the serious issues identified" in his quarterly report during that review to make certain aviation security officers and their bosses "have a clear and consistent understanding of their roles and responsibilities-individually and in relation to CPD and other airport personnel". The investigation also found that employees had made misleading statements and "deliberately removed material facts from their reports". They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.

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