A passenger of the United Airlines flight 3411 on Sunday, in which a Kentucky doctor was ripped from his seat and dragged down the aisle by police officers, said in a Chicago Tribune op-ed that an officer laughed as the situation grew violent.
“The disgusting mishandling of the situation included everyone from the rude ticket agent who demanded that this man give up his seat on the flight United overbooked, to one of the officers laughing in the midst of the incident, to the violent, abusive way the passenger was dragged off the plane by the officer,” wrote Jason Powell, who was on the flight with seven of his high school students as they returned from a spring break trip.
“It was the worst possible model for my students, and frankly, was traumatizing to many of us who watched this from such close proximity,” he continued.
A lawyer for David Dao, the 69-year-old man who was forcibly removed from the airplane by the Chicago officers, said on Thursday that he will likely file a lawsuit against United and the City of Chicago. His lawyer began the process on Wednesday, filing an emergency request that would require United and Chicago to preserve evidence related to the case.
Dao suffered a “significant” concussion, a broken nose, a sinus injury, and the loss of two teeth from the incident, his family claimed.
United Airlines has apologized for the incident and stated that they will no longer use law enforcement to remove passengers from overbooked planes.