United Airlines changes Crew booking policy after Passenger dragged off Flight. O'Hare International Airport
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United Airlines will reportedly change its policy on employees boarding Flights after a paying passenger was dramatically removed from an Aircraft in Chicago.
Crew members travelling on United Aircraft will need to check before departure, the Airline said in a statement to Reuters yesterday.
The policy amendment would prevent ticketed passengers from being asked to leave the Plane after being seated, a United Airlines spokesperson told CNN.
Doctor David Dao was released from hospital after suffering a broken nose and concussion after being removed from a United flight .
Mr Dao's lawyers filed a petition with a Chicago court requesting that the city, which operates O'Hare International Airport, and United Airlines preserve evidence related to the incident . They also said a lawsuit was forthcoming.
"This lawsuit, among other things, hopefully, will create a not just national discussion, but international discussion, on how we're going to be treated going forward," Mr Demetrio said.
"For a long time, airlines, United in particular, have bullied us."
Online video of airport security officers dragging Mr Dao off a packed flight sparked worldwide outrage. He could be seen screaming as officers pulled him from his seat, and was bloodied by the altercation.
The 69-year-old doctor's lawyers said he also suffered injury to his sinuses and lost two front teeth.
"My dad is healing right now," said Crystal Dao Pepper, 33, one of Dao's five children.
"We were completely horrified and shocked at what had happened to my father," she said.
The incident has put intense pressure on United Airlines. After several missteps, United chief executive Oscar Munoz apologized for the incident , and reiterated the apology while saying he would not resign.
"I was hired to make United better and we've been doing that and that's what I'll continue to do," Munoz said, when asked about calls for his resignation on the ABC television show Good Morning America.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois said she plans to introduce legislation to end the practice of involuntarily bumping passengers off planes.
A group of 21 senators also sent a letter to Munoz announcing plans to examine the incident, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for the US Department of Transportation to require Airlines to stop overbooking flights pending a review.
Munoz said his team had tried to reach out to Mr Dao, but his lawyers said that neither they nor the family had received any calls or messages from United.