Lawyer: Dragged passenger 'poster child' for airline abuses

In particular, Thune said he wants to see improvements in how airlines handle the commonly used technique to ensure flights are full - overbooking the flights, then "bumping" some passengers at the last minute. They have treated us as less than maybe we deserve.

"I would defy anyone to suggest that there was not an unreasonable amount of force used to help Dr. Dao disembark that plane", Demetrio said in a press conference Thursday. Dao was not there.

Video of the Kentucky physician being pulled from his seat after he refused to leave the full plane has been viewed by people around the world. She said her parents were returning home from vacation and making a connection in Chicago out of California.

Mr Demetrio said Dao had told him that being dragged down the plane aisle was more terrifying than his experience fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s. "Dr. Dao ... has come to understand that he's the stand up for passengers going forward".

He explained that his ultimate hope is that Dao becomes the "poster child" for airline abuse of their passengers.

Meanwhile, users on Twitter say some flight attendants for other USA airlines have been riffing on the controversy.

Early on, United CEO Oscar Munoz added to what was already a public relations nightmare for the company when he apologized for the incident but accused Dao of being belligerent. Later, Munoz offered a more emphatic mea culpa, saying, "No one should ever be mistreated this way".

This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger being removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of IL said she would author a bill to end the practice of airlines denying boarding to passengers on overbooked flights.

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"United is looking at a legal claim, but they are also looking at a huge public relations and business problem", said Mr Justin Green, a partner at the law firm Kreindler & Kreindler in NY, who represents airline passengers.

Demetrio said the city could face some culpability for the situation.

The attorney was unable to say precisely how Dao was injured.

A lawyer for a man dragged off a United Express flight says he suffered a concussion and broken nose and lost two front teeth.

The Chicago Department of Aviation officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave as city officials investigate the incident.

That proposal now has virtually no chance of passing, according to Alderman Mike Zalewski, the chair of the council's aviation committee, and the future of the force itself is in question.

United says it randomly selected Dao because it needed to put crew members on the sold-out flight to Louisville, Kentucky.

The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force, receive less training and can not carry guns inside the terminals.

  • Megan Austin