What sort of grown man has to be physically removed from an aircraft kicking and screaming like a child having a temper tantrum?
United Airlines staff were merely following ‘established procedures’ when security was called to remove the passenger, according to United, who are finally explaining their side of what went down before the notorious viral video.
It has been revealed that United CEO, Oscar Munoz, fired off an email to all employees on Monday afternoon after the airline was blasted on social media for the way the man was dragged off the jet.
Munoz explained the crew ‘sought volunteers and then followed our involuntary denial of boarding process (including offering up to $1,000 in compensation).’
The flight was overbooked, and four passengers needed to be ‘re-accommodated,’ to use United’s word.
Munoz added in his email, ‘When we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions.’
Munoz says the man became more and more ‘disruptive and belligerent,’ and continued resisting and then ‘ran back onto the plane.’
The CEO makes it clear he supports the actions of his United crew, but says ‘there are lessons we can learn.’ The Chicago Deptartment of Aviation has already suspended the officer who forcibly lifted the passenger from his seat, leaving his face bloodied.
Social media outrage followed, but what we haven’t been told by, main stream media, is this.
The passenger, Dr David Dao, who was removed from United flight 3411 is a medical doctor with an interesting history.
In 2005 Dao was charged with ninety-eight felony drug counts for illegally prescribing and trafficking painkillers. Prosecutors claimed Dao fraudulently filled prescriptions for hydrocodone, Oxycontin and Percocet.
He was also convicted on six felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit and in 2005 was given five-years probation.
Dao was also convicted for writing prescriptions for a patient in exchange for sex.
In medical board documents Dao denied paying for sex, but indicated he accepted sexual favors from an associate in exchange for reducing a debt that associate owed him.
In February, 2005, Dr. Dao surrendered his license to practice medicine in Kentucky. In 2015 the medical board lifted the suspension and allowed him to practice medicine with some restrictions.
Last year, the medical board imposed even more restrictions and now he can only practice internal medicine in an outpatient facility one day a week.
Interestingly, and relevant to the United incident, one doctor assessing Dao’s case said he had interpersonal problems, noting ‘he would unilaterally choose to do his own thing.’
Fake outrage and social media justice is something we have all had to learn to live with. But ask yourself this. What sort of person, having been told a flight was over-booked and they would need to be re-scheduled (with the offer of a cash compensation), would then charge past a boarding gate, run onto an aircraft, sit himself down and then refuse to move, needing to be dragged off like a disruptive child.
And his excuse? ‘he is a doctor who needed to attend a patient..?’
He hasn’t got any patients.