More Fallout from Delta Airlines Passenger Being Removed

Two Aviation Officers Fired, Two Suspended For Dragging Doctor Off United Flight

The final resolution of disciplinary action recommended by Inspector General Joe Ferguson is included in Ferguson's quarterly report, released Tuesday.

The forcible removal has led to a number of changes from airlines, including the amount it can offer its passengers to give up their seats.

The fired employees were the officer who initially pulled Dao from his seat on the flight to Louisville, Kentucky, and the supervisor who engaged in "the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report", the inspector general said.

In a video that quickly went viral, officials were seen dragging Dao, bruised and bloodied, down the aisle of his United Airlines jet on the ground at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose, and lost two teeth when his head hit an armrest.

Chicago Department of Aviation security officers dragged Dr. David Dao off the flight April 9 after he refused to leave to make room for United traveling crew members, the newspaper said.

Two other officers involved in the incident were suspended for five days, as recommended by Ferguson's office.

According to Ferguson's report, his office's investigation showed that there was "significant confusion" at the Chicago Department of Aviation over the "roles and expectations" of aviation security officers.

"Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world", he said.

The lawyer, David Dao, Thomas Demetrio, has assured that his client was "neither vindictive nor happy with the findings" of this investigation.

A violent altercation followed as officers tried to remove him, leaving other fliers visibly and audibly shocked. The city also found that officers provided misleading statements and purposely removed "material facts" from their reports. But for the video, the filed report stating that only "minimal" force was used would have been unnoticed.

In a statement today, Demetrio said it was "unfortunate the conduct of these two city aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs".

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans announced earlier this year that the word "police" would be removed from the uniforms, badges and vehicles of aviation security officers.



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