Dr Dao has retained a lawyer and is suing United Airlines for their treatment of him on a recent flight. I have seen a lot of comments that the airlines was well within their rights to bump him from the flight. That is a misconception I would like to clear up right now. Before the plane loads it’s passengers, they do have a right to bump you even though it’s their own fault for overbooking the flight. However, once a passenger loads and takes their seat, they no longer have that right and dragging him off the plane was clearly illegal.
Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident.
Citing the risk of “serious prejudice” to their client, Dr. David Dao, the lawyers want United and the City of Chicago, which runs O’Hare International Airport, to preserve surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, and other materials related to United Flight 3411. The filing with the Cook County Circuit Court likely presages an eventual lawsuit against United for the April 9 incident, where Dao was snatched from the seat he had paid for, and was dragged by his hands on his back off the parked plane, which had been bound for Louisville, Kentucky.
United Airlines says they’ll reimburse everyone on flight 3411, the one where a man was forcibly dragged off. pic.twitter.com/zSYgXmUKVd
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 12, 2017