United Settles With Brutalized Passenger For Undisclosed Sum

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By Staff writers | 7:47 am, April 28, 2017

Dr David Dao, the man brutally dragged off a flight earlier this month, has received a settlement from United Airlines.

Dr Dao’s lawyers announced the settlement but said the amount of money received would “remain confidential.”

It had been expected to be millions of dollars.

Dr Dao was on his way home to Louisville from Chicago when he was ordered off the plane to make room for staff.

When he refused, he was dragged off, causing him to lose teeth, as well as receiving a broken nose and a concussion.

Lawyer Thomas Demetrio, praised United CEO Oscar Munoz, who has come under fire for his handling of the incident.

“Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has,” said Mr Demetrio. “In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the City of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.”

United didn’t immediately comment on the settlement.

The airline was forced to apologize for the embarrassing April 9 incident, which was recorded by fellow passengers and showed the 69-year-old man ripped from his seat by police officers at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

The announcement comes a day after United said it would overhaul it’s overbooking policy, including offering as much as $10,000 for passengers who get bumped off flights.

“Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers,” Mr Demetrio said. “I sincerely hope that all other airlines make similar changes and follow United’s lead in helping to improve the passenger flying experience with an emphasis on empathy, patience, respect and dignity.”

The beleaguered airline has withstood a series of recent flubs – including the mysterious death of a giant rabbit named Simon, who perished April 19 after flying into O’Hare from Heathrow Airport in London.

United insisted the bunny was alive when the plane landed in Chicago and was later found dead in a company-run pet facility.

Munoz on Thursday apologized for the dead pet – but likened it to lost luggage.

“We are deeply sorry for the loss of anything from your luggage to, of course, a loved pet,” Munoz told NBC News’ Lester Holt.

This article was originally published in news.com.au