Officers who dragged a doctor off a United Airlines flight are fired

Javier Stokes
October 19, 2017

The inspector general's office said one of those officers "made misleading statements" in reports, and the other "made material omissions" in a report about Dao being forcefully removed from the aircraft.

Remember that incident back in April, when a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight? It was also revealed that a supervisor was sacked after the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report.

Two other officers involved in the incident were suspended for five days, as recommended by Ferguson's office.

The investigation also identified "significant confusion" regarding the role of unarmed aviation security officers, and blamed the Chicago Department of Aviation for a "fundamental failure to implement practical policies and procedures". The first officer and the sergeant were fired, and another two officers involved in the incident were suspended - one of whom subsequently resigned, the report said.

He had been apparently randomly selected to be leave the Flight 3411 to Louisville because United needed the seat for a member of a different flight crew but Dr Dao refused, saying he had patient appointments to keep.

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In his quarterly report, Ferguson noted that a broader review of aviation security is underway. In July, it decided the Chicago Police Department would respond to airport disturbance calls over security officers.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans announced earlier this year that the word "police" would be removed from the uniforms, badges and vehicles of aviation security officers. The incident was a public relations disaster for the airline, which apologized for what happened. In addition, passengers on the flight, which was delayed about three hours, received refunds.

Delta Airlines increased to $10,000 the top amount it would pay for volunteers to get off overbooked flights.

The lawyer, David Dao, Thomas Demetrio, has assured that his client was "neither vindictive nor happy with the findings" of this investigation. "The use of excessive force caused the passenger to hit his face on an armrest, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth", a news release accompanying the report stated. The incident was filmed by several passengers and quickly went viral.

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