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Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Man dragged off United flight reportedly prepares to sue

Man dragged off United flight reportedly prepares to sue

The backlash from the incident resonated around the world, with social media users in the United States, China and Vietnam calling for boycotts of the No. 3 US carrier by passenger traffic and an end to the practice of overbooking flights.

United Continental chief executive Oscar Munoz said Wednesday he would not resign his position, and again apologized for forcibly removing a customer from an overbooked flight.

However, after the video first emerged, Munoz had described Dao as "disruptive and belligerent" before changing his tune on Tuesday and issuing the apology.

United offered passengers $400 and a free night in a hotel to take a flight at 3 p.m. Monday.

"We're not going to put a law-enforcement official on to remove a booked, paid, seated passenger", Munoz said in an interview Wednesday with ABC. He also said he was not doing well and "everything" was injured.

Geoff Fearns, president of Tri Pacific Capital Advisors, told the Los Angeles Times that he was asked to leave the flight but, like Dao, held his ground.

'That is not who our family at United is, ' he said.

In an emergency motion, attorneys for Dao are asking that surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, incident reports, and passenger, crew and employee lists be saved for use in the anticipated lawsuit, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

"Three of them got up begrudgingly and got off, but one of the passengers said he was a doctor had to be at the hospital in the morning so he refused to deplane", Kimmel explained.

United Airlines has sparked outrage for the treatment of a passenger, with one of the security officers involved in the incident placed on leave pending an investigation.

A lawyer for the passenger forcibly removed from a United Express flight says the experience was more horrifying than when he left Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. He promised that the incident would "never happen again on a United Airlines flight".

The flight was loaded and preparing to leave Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Sunday when the man was dragged off.

When purchasing a ticket, fliers enter into a contract of carriage that the seat isn't guaranteed.

"I'm a physician and I have to work tomorrow at 8 o'clock", Dao politely tells Chicago airport security officers in the footage.

Disgusted by a man's violent removal from an oversold flight, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for a suspension to the widespread practice of overbooking. "I was hired to make United better, and that's what we'll do".

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