Airlines do have legal protection if they act in a reasonable way when refusing to transport a passenger that is a threat to himself or other passengers, Harakas said.
This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger who was removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago.
United Airlines said it will reimburse all the passengers who were on the plane from which a bloodied doctor was dragged Sunday night in Chicago. Neeleman said that on a flight he once took, the airline asked for volunteers, and when no one agreed to leave, the airline simply canceled the flight and ordered everyone off.
Employees then contacted Chicago Aviation Department officers to help remove Dao. He then turned to me and said proudly "There". The head of United's parent company has scrambled to contain the damage to the carrier's reputation.
In a news release, the attorneys say they plan to talk to the media and that they will be accompanied by a relative of Dr. David Dao.
Although the lawyers have not yet filed a lawsuit, the legal activity likely suggests they are gearing up to take the airline and airport to court.
Remarked John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC: "It remains to be seen if Dr. Dao was racially profiled for removal from the United flight, but we believe a full and transparent investigation is necessary to determine if there were racial biases at work". The attorneys also want United's protocol for removing passengers from commercial aircraft.
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PRWeek blasted the United CEO for his "tone-deaf" comments that seemed to be heavily lawyered and cast the incident "purely in terms of its effect on United, rather than the injured passenger".
Alderman Mike Zalewski said he did not know who will represent the airline before the Aviation Committee, but Munoz has been notified of the hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans will also speak.
Tyler Bridges, a passenger on Sunday's flight who posted a video to Twitter, said in a telephone interview on Monday that "it felt like something the world needed to see". "And you saw us at a bad moment", Munoz told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday morning.
According to the airline's policy on electronic devices, passengers are free to take pictures and shoot video as long as they are "capturing personal events". Finding none - and no takers for financial compensation - four passengers were selected at random to give up their seats. Rarely has an airline - or any company - faced the kind of global condemnation that has pounded United over the last several days.
Munoz promised that a law enforcement officer would never again be used to "remove a booked, paid, seated passenger" from a United flight. He described the removal by airport police as "truly horrific".
Munoz's Tuesday statement said, "It's never too late to do the right thing".
Chicago's aviation officers are not part of the regular police force, unlike in many other big cities. The Daily Mail reported that Dao has felony drug convictions in his history and has even dealt drugs to a patient in return for sex, claiming that in 2003 he was indicted for "unauthorized prescribing, dispensing or administering of controlled substances", among other charges.