At the end of the year, newscasts all around the US (and around the world for that matter) will be making an overview of the most important events and offering them up to their viewers to relieve once more what it was like in 2017.
One of the clips that is sure to be on all those newsreels will be the 9 April United Airlines flight 3411 incident in which Dr David Dao was forcibly dragged off a flight for which he had purchased a ticket.
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At the time, United Airlines had asked 4 passengers to give up their seat. As no one wanted, they selected the passenger themselves. 3 complied, 1 of them, 69 year old Dr Dao, did not want to give up his seat because he said that a lot of scheduled appointments would then need to be moved.
After a discussion with onboard personnel, airport police dragged him off the flight, knocking him unconscious during the incident and breaking two of his teeth. The videos of the incident that other passengers had made quickly went viral and United went through some, to put it mildly, bad publicity.
President Donald Trump criticized United Airlines, calling the treatment of their paying customer "horrible".
Today, the quarterly report of Chicago’s inspector general showed that two of the aviation police officers involved that incident have been fired.
Mr Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, issued a statement in response: "It is unfortunate the conduct of these two City aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs. However, this is not a day of celebration for Dr. Dao, who is neither vindictive nor happy about Mr. Ferguson's findings. There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels. Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world. But for the video, the filed report stating that only "minimal" force was used would have been unnoticed. Simply put, don't make stuff up. Also, the Inspector General's report should become the poster child for why passengers should always maintain the right to videotape mistreatment of all kinds. Our cell phones are the best deterrent to ensure mistreatment becomes a rarity."
During the incident, Dr Dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose, and lost two teeth.