Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

United Airlines issues another apology over dragging of passenger


After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police on Sunday, the head of United’s parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to “resolve this situation.”

Hours later, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as “disruptive and belligeren­t.”

By Tuesday afternoon, almost two days after the Sunday evening confrontat­ion in Chicago, CEO Oscar Munoz issued his most contrite apology yet as details emerged about the man seen on cellphone videos recorded by other passengers at O’Hare Airport. “No one should ever be mistreated this way,” said Munoz, who also pledged to conduct a wide-ranging review of company policies.

The passenger was identified as physician David Dao, 69, of Kentucky, who was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribin­g of drugs and spent years trying to regain his medical license.

But while Dao’s history quickly became a focus of attention, there’s no indication that his past influenced how he was treated. Screaming can be heard on the videos, but nowhere is Dao seen attacking the officers. In fact, he appears relatively passive both when he was dragged down the aisle of the jet and when he is seen standing in the aisle later saying quietly, “I want to go home, I want to go home.”

Munoz’s latest statement described the removal as “truly horrific.” He said the company would reassess policies. AP

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