Many of us remember the incident back in April of this year when David Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky based Dr., was forcibly removed from an United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. After being drug off the plane, Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two teeth.
Why? All because the plane was full and the airline needed several seats to get crew members in position for their next flights.
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
Finally it seems, after 6 months, Chicago fired two security officers, while another decided to quit. According to The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the city’s Office of Inspector General found in a report Tuesday that three of the department’s security officers and a sergeant “mishandled a non-threatening situation that resulted in a physically violent and forceful removal of a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 3411.”
As well, it was found that officers made misleading statements and deliberately removed facts from their reports about the incident.
The Aviation Department, based on those findings, fired one of those officers, as well as the sergeant, for escalating the incident and deliberately removing facts from an employee report. The other two officers were suspended, one for five days and one for two days, for deliberately removing facts from the report. According to The Associated Press, the officer with the five-day suspension then resigned.
United Airlines, and the city of Chicago, have been said to have repeatedly apologized to Dao. As well, the airline has reached an undisclosed settlement with him.
Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, told AP that dismissing the officer who was not a sergeant was unexpected, but could resonate with other officers. He said the department’s review of its policies should have been done the day after incident.
“In firing him, perhaps it will send a clear message to police and airline personnel all over the world that unnecessary violence is not the way to handle passenger matters.”
The Aviation Department is now reviewing its policies and procedures, with a report expected in early 2018.
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