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David Dao, the United Airlines passenger dragged off the flight – Photos, name, update

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David Dao’s life has completely changed in the last few days. His worldview has been shocked beyond belief and the word discrimination and racial profiling has a completely new and very different connotation for him.

United Airlines security personnel had dragged a person of Asian origin from his seat that he had booked on a flight emanating from Chicago. The footage of the incident saved by a few passengers while the entire drama was thoughtlessly being enacted by the United Airlines staff has been going viral since then. The incident had outraged millions of people across the world with everyone condemning the airline company for its behavior.

Till now the identity of the person was under wraps. But not the person’s identity has been revealed. The man who was forcibly removed from his seat despite having legally booked a seat has been recognized as David Dao. Reports suggest that David Dao is a medical doctor and a professional poker.




A USA Today report while confirming his identity has revealed that the doctor who was once jailed in a drug issue lives in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

69-year old Dao was travelling from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville when the incident took place. Attorney Stephen L. Golan of Golan Christie Taglia released a statement on behalf of the Dao family. It said that his client remained hospitalized for his injuries in Chicago as of April 11. The family is “appreciative” of the support they have received since the incident occurred April 9.

In the meantime the United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has issued a formal apology for the treatment of the passenger, reversing earlier decisions not to apologise directly for the incident. It is not yet known if the apology was heartfelt or it was done under immense public pressure.

“I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right…I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight…We are going to fix what’s broken so this never happens again” said he.

This is apparently not the first time when Dr Dao has run into law enforcement agencies. He practices medicine in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and came to the US as a refugee, having studied at a medical school in Vietnam before he was forced to flee. He finished his medical training in California before moving to Indiana in 1980.

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