The Latest: Passenger in video was convicted of drug charges

The Latest on the passenger who was dragged off a full United Express flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The man dragged from a full United Airlines flight is a Kentucky physician who was convicted more than a decade ago of felony charges involving his prescribing of drugs.

But David Dao’s unflattering history quickly became the focus of attention, even though there’s no indication that his past influenced how he was treated or that the airline or airport police were aware of his background.

The Associated Press has confirmed that Dao is the man in the video. Dao, who lives in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, has not returned messages from the AP. He was captured on cellphone video getting removed from a flight Sunday at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

According to state of Kentucky documents, Dao was investigated for fraudulently prescribing drugs to a person with whom he was involved sexually. He was convicted of felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit. His license was restored in 2015.


12:41 a.m.

The treatment of the passenger dragged off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has prompted outrage and scorn on social media.

The incident risks a backlash against United from passengers who could boycott the airline as the busy summer travel season is about to…

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