Outrage grows after United passenger dragged off plane; Family says they are ‘appreciative’ for support


The family of the passenger injured after he was dragged off of a United Airlines flight at O’Hare Airport released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying they are “appreciative” of all the support they are getting.

Meanwhile, outraged continued to grow following the treatment of Dr. David Dao, a doctor from Kentucky, on Sunday aboard the Louisville-bound plane.

The Chicago City Council’s Aviation Committee said it’s working on plans to call United’s CEO and Department of Aviation officials before the committee. Also, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition are scheduled to protest at O’Hare on Wednesday.

Tuesday evening, Asian American groups and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, gathered at O’Hare to speak out in support of Dao, who is a native of Vietnam.

“It’s horrible. It’s not just unfriendly skies. It’s unacceptable skies. That’s what they’re displaying,” said Inhe Choi, of the Hana Center Chicago.

Schakowsky said Congressional hearings may be needed.

“Right now, we actually incentivize the airlines to overbook. This is about trying to make yet just another buck,” she said.

On Monday, United called Dao “disruptive and belligerent.” On Tuesday, company CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology calling the incident “truly horrific” and that he offers his “deepest apologies.” He ordered a review of its overbooking policies and partnerships with airport law enforcement.

Munoz will appear on “Good Morning America” for an exclusive interview Wednesday morning on ABC7.


Dao was being treated Tuesday at a Chicago hospital for his injuries and the family asked for privacy.

His family released a statement through a Chicago attorney Stephen L. Golan: “The family of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received. Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment.”

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