Video captures the argument moments before David Dao dragged off United Airlines flight
A new video posted online captured the moments before David Dao was forced out of his seat and dragged down the aisle on an overbooked United Airlines flight.
Joya Griffin Cummings recorded the video of the passenger, who has since been identified as 69-year-old Dr. David Dao of Kentucky, talking with police and aviation officers. Dao was reportedly on the phone with his lawyer and discussed suing United before the incident.
“I won’t go. I’m physician, have to work tomorrow, eight o’clock,” you can hear Dao saying to the officers in the first clip.
“Well, we have to drag you,” one of the officers responds after a few other words were exchanged.
“Well, you can then drag me. I don’t go. I’m not going,” Dao responds.
The officers then clearly state they are going to use force against Dao and he responds saying he would “rather go to jail.”
In the second clip recorded by the same passenger, you can see Dao after he was dragged from his seat, bloodied in the process, telling officers, “I want to go home” repeatedly.
The United Airlines incident has since sparked uproar across the world with people displeased with the way a passenger was treated on the overbooked flight.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has flipped-flopped in his response, going from saying the passenger was “belligerent” to saying the man was not at fault.
On April 12, the CEO said police will never be used to remove a passenger from an overbooked flight again.
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The incident unfolded on Sunday, when United Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Ky., was overbooked. The airline had randomly asked passengers to give up seats voluntarily before they asked Dao to give up his. When he refused, they forcibly removed him. Video shows him bloodied as officers drag him down the aisle.
“After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart said in an emailed statement.
According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, one of the officers who dragged the man off the plane has been placed on leave.
— With files from Jessica Vomiero, Global News.
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