The United Airlines passenger who was violently dragged off a plane after refusing to give up his seat on Sunday has been identified as David Dao, a physician based in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
On Tuesday, Dao revealed to local news station WLKY that he was the man in a now-viral video who had been violently removed from his seat before being dragged down the plane's aisle on Flight 3411, scheduled to leave from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday. When asked what injuries he'd sustained from the incident, he responded, "Everything."
Dao, 69, is currently still being treated at a local hospital in Chicago. He has hired two sets of lawyers, including his family's attorney Stephen Golan, a corporate law specialist, and prominent personal injury lawyer, Thomas Demetrio, The Chicago Tribune reports.
“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," Golan said in a statement. "Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment."
As previously reported, airline personnel on the United flight had asked passengers for volunteers to give up their seats so that several United employees could make their connecting flights the next day. When staffers were unable to find enough volunteers, they picked four passengers at random. Three of these passengers willingly gave up their seats, but the fourth, Dao, refused - claiming he had to get back to his patients. Authorities were then called, who violently removed Dao from the plane,slamming his head into the armrest in the process.
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