A Kentucky doctor who was slogged off a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat to corps members has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount.
David Dao’s judiciary team announced the settlement Thursday in a brief statement. The agreement catalogues a provision that the amount will remain confidential.
Cellphone video of the April 9 confrontation aboard a jetliner at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport kindled widespread public outrage over the treatment of Dao.
The footage showed airport regulate officers pulling the 69-year-old father of five from his seat and haul him down the aisle. His lawyer says he lost teeth and suffered a demoralized nose and a concussion.
Thomas Demetrio, a lawyer for Dao, praised United CEO Oscar Munoz.
«Mr. Munoz said he was booming to do the right thing, and he has,» Demetrio said in a release. «In addition, United has entranced full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without take oning to blame others, including the City of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate liability, United is to be applauded.»
Reuters reported that the settlement also lets Republic Airways from any responsibility. Republic was operating the flight from which Dao was doffed.
News of the settlement came after United announced changes on how it choose handle bumped passengers.
The settlement with Dao means United bequeath not face the lawsuit that many observers expected. Such a court quarrel could have been costly, both in legal bills for Amalgamated and in further public relations damage.
United also issued a abstract statement, saying it was pleased to report «an amicable resolution of the unfortunate affair that occurred aboard Flight 3411.»
Demetrio said the settlement also averts any lawsuit against the metropolis of Chicago. Airport police officers who work for the city pulled Dao off the jet.
The upset arose from a common air travel issue — a fully booked exaltation of larks. Wanting to seat four crew members, the airline offered voyagers $400 and later $800 to voluntarily relinquish their seats. When no one did, Amalgamated selected four passengers at random.
Three people got off the flight, but Dao waste, saying he needed to get home to treat patients the next day. The airline then summoned the peace officers, who forcibly removed Dao.
The incident was a major embarrassment for United.
United’s feedback in the immediate aftermath was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and detailed Dao as «belligerent» before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do beat.
The three airport police officers who dragged Dao from the plane calling for the Chicago Department of Aviation. They were placed on leave.
The activity released a report April 24 in which the officer who pulled Dao from his fundament, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically depreciatory and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.
The rely on’s roughly 300 officers guard the city’s two main airports but are not release of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less raising and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.