Monday, 20 November, 2017

Officers fired following probe of United passenger dragging

A computer system glitch caused thousands of United Airlines flights throughout major airports to be grounded Wednesday morning. The issue was resolved by late morning with some ripple delays still being felt at airports throughout the country City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight
Laurie Berry | 18 October, 2017, 01:54

Two Aviation Security Officers involved in the infamous, violent dragging of Dr. David Dao from a United flight in April have been fired, according to the Office of Inspector General.

David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American physician, was hospitalized after aviation officers dragged him from a United Airlines plane to make space for four crew members on the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, who issued a public apology for the incident, said the carrier would no longer allow officers to remove passengers in overbooking situations.

The other two officers were given five-day suspensions for their roles in the incident, which one contested and had downgraded to a two-day suspension.

The actions of one of the security officers violated the department's use of force policy by escalating a nonviolent situation into a violent situation, said the inspector general's office.

Dao refused to leave his Chicago-to-Louisville flight after he was told by United Airlines officials that his seat was needed for a crew member working a connecting route.

What's more, Ferguson said a pair of the officers "deliberately removed material facts from their reports" in a bid to cover for each other. The other security officer resigned. They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.

Callista Gingrich confirmed as United States ambassador to the Vatican
Still, envoys play a less crucial role today than in 1984, when Ronald Reagan and the Vatican re-established diplomatic relations. Gingrich, 51, an author, documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, is the wife of former Speaker of the U.S.

The second officer was accused of making "misleading statements in two reports".

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

There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels.

The Chicago Department of Aviation is now reviewing policies and procedures. Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world. The settlement included an agreement not to seek damages from beleaguered Chicago taxpayers.

The viral video of the fracas became an global symbol of passenger discontent with the flying experience and damaged Chicago's reputation as an worldwide tourist destination.

"I hope he becomes a poster child for all of us", lawyer Thomas Demetrio said at that news conference.

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