Security Officers fired over United Airlines 'dragging' debacle

Officers who ‘mishandled’ removal of doctor from United flight fired official says

Officers who ‘mishandled’ removal of doctor from United flight fired official says

The names of the officers were withheld, as is the norm when employees are fired, and were referred to according to their ranks. They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.

Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for airline crew needing to be repositioned for future flights. The other challenged his suspension, which was reduced to two days.

Two other agents have been suspended, the office added.

The security officer who first pulled Dr. David Dao from his seat has been fired. In July, it decided the Chicago Police Department would respond to airport disturbance calls over security officers.

The confusion "highlighted CDA's fundamental failure to implement practical policies and procedures", Ferguson wrote.

The chairman of the City Council's Black Caucus has demanded that aviation security officers continue to undergo four months of training at the police academy and retain their titles as police officers.

The Aviation Department is also subsequently reviewing its policies in reaction to the investigation's recommendations.

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Of the two officers who were fired, one was an aviation security sergeant and one was a security officer.

Video of the incident, which shows the 69-year-old being dragged off the flight by security officers as passengers looked on horrified, went viral and made global headlines.

The incident proved to be a PR disaster for United Airlines and the management headed by Oscar Munoz, who is the CEO, were forced to offer a public apology and begin an investigation into the embarrassing incident.

Ferguson wrote that the officer "escalated a non-threatening situation into a physically violent one by forcefully removing a passenger from the aircraft". In addition, passengers on the flight, which was delayed about three hours, received refunds.

Dao's attorney, Thomas Demetrio, told AP that dismissing the officer was unexpected, but could resonate with others. He was joined by the passenger's daughter.

Dow lost two teeth, had a broken nose and suffered a concussion during the incident.

Delta Airlines increased to $10,000 the top amount it would pay for volunteers to get off overbooked flights. The settlement included an agreement not to seek damages from beleaguered Chicago taxpayers. The scene had been filmed by other passengers, made the rounds of the web and led to a wave of worldwide condemnation.

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