Airport security officials who hauled United Airlines passenger off overbooked flight ‘shouldn’t have been on plane’
Airport officials who sparked fury by hauling a United Airlines passenger off an overbooked flight should not have even boarded the plane, a security chief has claimed. Authorities in Chicago are investigating why three officers, now placed on administrative leave, were on the plane before David Dao, 69, was dragged off the flight. The officers, who are unarmed and meant to back up local police, were called by airline employees after the doctor refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be repositioned for other flights.
The resulting altercation left Dao with a broken nose, concussion and needing reconstructive surgery, according to his lawyers, who have said he is likely to sue.
Dr David Dao, 69, say he suffered severe injuries after he was filmed being violently removed from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport (Photo: Twitter/kaylyn_davis) The footage sparked an outcry against United Airlines (Photo: REUTERS)
Jeff Redding, who is in charge of safety and security at the Chicago Department of Aviation, which operates O’Hare International Airport, said airport security are not supposed to respond to such calls.
“If it is a customer service-related incident, then you don’t need to board the plane at all,” Redding told a group of Chicago city council members on Thursday. The official however could not immediately say how his officers were instructed about the use of force.
The agency has yet to comment. Once the officers were on the plane, they bungled the situation, according to United Airlines’ pilots’ union.
The United Master Executive Council on Thursday accused the security officers of actions that were “grossly inappropriate.”
“For reasons unknown to us, instead of trained Chicago Police Department officers being dispatched to the scene, Chicago Department of Aviation personnel responded,” the union said.
Dr David Dao was left with a broken nose and needing reconstructive surgery, his lawyers claimed (Photo: Storyful)
The airport security officers, while required to meet minimum police standards and go through academy training, are not in fact police, and cannot carry guns or arrest people.
“We are going to thoroughly review every aspect of our operation,” said Chicago’s aviation chief Ginger Evans.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, responsible for the major airports in the New York area, sent out a new directive Friday noting that their officers would not assist in removing a passenger in an overbooking situation.
preventive police monitoring of high risk people ?
Is that the sort of thing which is called spying & cvauses diplomatic incidents when the CIA do it? Posted on 4/13/17 | 8:55 AM CEST
Ohhh, and when some people were saying that 1-2 years ago, Mrs Merkel and her political allies were calling them racist, fascist and xenophobes. Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:03 AM CEST
Am sure empress ditherer of bankrupt EZ empire the germans will pay the price even more
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST
Yes Alan . Spying by security services . Current terrorism shows why we should do it, and a little thought shows us why it s so dangerous to overdo it.
As an example, consider the UK s snooper s charter . It completely tilts the balance between the State and the individual as far as electronic spying is concerned. You can also take international spying on friendly states too far . Take e.g . the UK installing phone taps on the EU in Brussels .
Or the CIA tapping Mrs . Merkel s phone. By your logic, EU countries would be fully justified in trying to tap Mrs . May s phone and using that to improve negotiation tactics on Brexit . After all that s what GHCQ is busily doing with the EU, right?
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:12 AM CEST
We will never accept terror oh really ?
I m surprised, it seemed that they have so far enjoyed it and made a lot to have it even more while at the same time bashing countries that made safety of their citizens top priority like Hungary or Poland.
What happened ?!? Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:37 AM CEST
What happened? Is there an election looming by any chance?
Should we tell Vlad & the Trolls? (sounds a bit like a 70 s /80 s punk rock band )
Posted on 4/13/17 | 9:43 AM CEST
She d say anything to lure back voters the CDU has lost to the AfD . The Amazing thing is that the average German still believes that Merkel will somehow fix their broken society and all will be well, while they are increasingly governed from Ankara and somewhere from the shores of Lybia. Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:20 AM CEST
Islamic terrorism, she said . Ok,boys in the german independent media, the boss spoke, you can stop with your exhilarating not so clear, maybe football fan, or maybe a foreigner we don t know precisely from where, could be a brasilian tourist, maybe attitude
Posted on 4/13/17 | 10:24 AM CEST
Ooops . . this can t be, can it?
And, now Frau Merkel having invited the many will come up with a plan to interrogate all to find the few
Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:16 AM CEST
Seem to remember the DGSE was reputed to run a most effective commercial/industrial spying operation. A little thought actually shows why it is dangerous to underdo the electronic monitoring bit, many people would I suspect be quite accepting of the snoopers charter concepts and have no principled objections to it . I accept that there others who do.
As for international spying, information interpretation & intelligence gathering is what diplomats have always done, its akin to what the press/media do, electronics just changes the way its done.
Are you seriously suggesting that EU27 are not currently doing something similar?
BTW was it not a falling out with the head of the Luxembourg Secret Service which contributed to Junkers downfall as PM just before he became president of the Commission/
Who were they spying on?
Posted on 4/13/17 | 11:30 AM CEST
A security guard grabbed a 15-year-old boy by the throat and told him Get out or I ll chuck you out during a shocking incident caught on camera.
A video of the incident – which has since been posted online – then shows one of the security guards grabbing schoolboy Luther Small by the throat, Wales Online3 reports. The security guard has been suspended with immediate effect .
The security guard approached the group of teens and told them they had to leave (Photo: Wales Online)
Luther’s mum, Carol, said: Luther doesn t really want to take things any further.
“He accepts the guy overreacted but doesn t want him to be suspended . It s just one of those things. A video of the incident was posted online by Rhayna Mann, whose 15-year-old son, Riley, was also a part of the group of friends.
Posting the footage to Twitter, she wrote: Disgusting . Appalling . Shameful. Rhayna s husband, Jason Mann, added: My son and his friends were in Cardiff skating on Sunday . They decided to get some food at around 5pm.
Obviously one of the only places open at that time on a Sunday was St David s Shopping Centre.
They went in and took a seat in a caf , but they were approached by security and told they had to leave.
They were not misbehaving or playing up, but were told they had to leave because they had skateboards.
My son and his friends told the guards they didn t understand . They were only having food .
They hadn t even skated inside the centre.
But security kicked them out . They tried their luck at another entrance and the security guards were waiting for them there. This is when Luther was grabbed by one of the guards.
The officer puts his hand around the teen’s neck during the heated exchange (Photo: Wales Online)
Jason says the management team at St David s have been in touch to explain the situation but the incident has left them feeling upset and angry.
Riley was OK when he came home – he skates a lot, so is used to having run-ins with people, Jason said.
But he s a good kid . I m not just saying that as his parent – Riley is a bright and well-mannered boy.
His mum was upset when she saw the footage, but I was just angry that someone in a position of power would abuse their rights.
The boys are 15 at the end of the day . Even if they were mouthy and the security guard felt justified in throwing them out, you don t grab a young boy by the throat.
Mark Nott, centre manager for St David s Cardiff, said: We have been made aware of this incident and the security officer involved has been suspended with immediate effect.
This is not the level of conduct we expect from our officers and we apologise to all parties involved.
A full investigation is now taking place and we are liaising with the customers concerned directly.