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Minnesota senators press United Airlines about passenger dragged from plane

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Sherri Watson | 19 April, 2017, 01:16

NEW video recorded on board a United Airlines aircraft shows the moments that led to a passenger being violently dragged from the overbooked flight.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said today that the passengers can take the compensation in cash, travel credits or miles.

People with Asian community organizations from Chicago hold signs to protest after Sunday's confrontation where David Dao, 69, of Elizabethtown, Ky., was removed from a United Airlines airplane by Chicago airport police at O'Hare International Airport, during rally near United's counter at the airport's Terminal 1 in Chicago on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Since the video has gone viral and sparked controversy over how airlines treat their passengers, competitors Emirates and Royal Jordanian Airlines did not hesitate to throw major shade at United. One clip showed the man being removed from the aircraft, his face bloodied from the episode as others could be heard expressing dismay about the scene unfolding before them.

The announcement about compensating passengers came the same day United CEO Oscar Munoz apologized on national television for the airline's role in the incident.

"That is not who our family at United is", Munoz said.

In an Oval Office interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump suggested that this kind of incident could be avoided in the future if carriers remove the upper limits on vouchers they offer passengers in return for giving up their seats, the report said. But on Wednesday, Munoz walked back such language, saying he did not blame Dao for what happened. "No one should ever be mistreated this way". The law firm took a step toward filing a lawsuit when it filed a motion asking that surveillance video from the airline be preserved.

Dao "currently has no access to them and believes that serious prejudice" will befall his case if the items are not safeguarded, the court papers state.

"They take the bait. and you dig yourself in a deeper hole", Bueermann said, comparing the United situation to that of a SC police officer seen on cellphone video in 2015 flipping a high school student backward in her desk-chair then dragging her across the classroom after she refused to leave.

Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans will also speak.

A video of the man being pulled from his seat after he refused to leave the full plane has been seen around the world and resulted in harsh criticism for United and Aviation Department police. United was trying to find seats for four employees, meaning four passengers had to deplane.

But Dao told the airlines officials that he was a physician and needed to be in Kentucky to see patients on Monday.

"You could give this to a group of first-year lawyers and they could list all the claims this guy has", he said, naming intentional infliction of emotional distress in addition to assault and battery.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to analyze "the problem of overbooking passengers throughout the industry".