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By Kody Fairfield

United Airlines said it will no longer call on law enforcement to remove paid and seated passengers who have not agreed to give up their places on sold-out flights, one of several moves the airline announced Wednesday to try to quell a week of consumer outrage, explained the Los Angeles Times (LA Times).

United has said it needed to bump four passengers to make room for airline employees who needed to travel to Louisville. The airline reportedly offered $400 and a hotel stay, and then $800 to passengers to induce them to give up their seats. When there were no volunteers, United selected Dao and other passengers to get off the plane.

Dao refused, prompting airport police to pull him screaming from his seat, according to the LA Times.

So far,  the Chicago Department of Aviation has placed 3 officers involved in the situation on administrative leave. And Mr. Dao appears to be taking the precursing steps toward a lawsuit against the airline.

Thomas A. Demetrio and Stephen L. Golan, attorneys representing Dao, said they planned to hold a news conference in Chicago on Thursday morning, according to the LA Times.

In his interview with ABC News, Munoz said he had reached out to Dao and left a message, but hasn’t yet been able to connect with the passenger, reports the LA Times.

When asked whether he believed Dao was at fault, Munoz hesitated before saying, “No, he can’t be. He was a paying passenger sitting in a seat in our aircraft, and no one should be treated that way, period.”


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Kody Fairfield

Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.

  • Randy Olson

    This story will be the GIFT that keeps on giving for the Saturday Night Live writers and other late-night show writers in our country.

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  • rhony2

    Another reporter has written an article claiming that United violated their own contract of carriage since it only talks about bumping passengers when a flight is overbooked (too many seats sold) and in this case since the airline employees were not paying passengers, this part has no effect. Also, when talking about bumping a passenger it says that boarding would be denied. In this case the passenger had already been boarded and seated. SO what United did was in violation of their own contract of carriage.
    That said, the United Pilots Union has explained that this United Express flight is actually operated by Republic Airlines and all airline employees involved are Republic Airline employees, not United. And Republic is operating under Chapter 11 protection which means they have no money so I assume that is why United is being sued. So Yeah, this is going to be a mess to sort out.