Dr. David Dao is the 69-year-old Kentucky physician who was dragged out of his seat and off of a United Airlines plane at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Sunday.
Since the incident, Dao’s daughter, Crystal Pepper, held a news conference in Chicago in which she not only described her family as “horrified, shocked and sickened” by the incident, but also condemned the airline for its mishandling of the situation.
“What happened to my dad should never have happened to any human being, regardless of the circumstances,” said Pepper.
Dao’s lawyer, Thomas Demetrio has revealed that his client suffered a concussion, broken nose, and damaged sinuses, as well as the loss of two front teeth, in the escapade. Dao is currently being kept in a “secure” location following his release from a hospital.
“Dr. Dao, I believe, to his great credit, has come to understand that he is the guy, … he’s the guy to stand up for passengers going forward,” Demetrio said about his client, who will be filing a lawsuit later this week.
“He is a 69-year-old man,” Demetrio added. “Is that really how we want to treat the aged?”
United Airlines’ CEO Oscar Munoz has made a public apology over the event but has not personally contacted the passenger. Dao believes any future attempts of apologizing or contact will likely not be genuine.
“I think his PR people said ‘We’re taking a beating here,'” Dao said. “I think he was told to get out there.”
H/T: USA Today
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