Doctor Dragged Off United Airlines Flight Finally Speaks About The Incident ( Video)

David Dao , a passenger of United Airlines Flight3411, who was dragged off & screaming from his seat on April 9, 2017, has finally broken his silence by coming out to say that the incident caused him to shed a lot of tears.

Dao’s case captured worldwide attention in 2017 when he was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, resulting in a concussion, a broken nose and two missing teeth, according to ABC News. Dao said he decided to speak out publicly as a way to thank those who stood behind him.

Dao, who has not spoken publicly about the incident since it happened, spoke about the incident on the two year anniversary of the ordeal on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” stating that when he first saw the video footage, he just cried.

The doctor said he boarded the plane on April 9, 2017, preparing to head home to Kentucky, where he was planning to open a free clinic for U.S. veterans. The flight was overbooked and when he refused to give up his seat, he was dragged off the plane.

Dao told ABC News that he never expected the encounter to get physical but, once it did, everything escalated fast. He said he has forgiven the airline as well as the security agents who dragged him down the aisle and back into the airport terminal. He said:

I’m not angry with them. They have a job to do. They had to do it. If they don’t do it, they must lose their job. So, I’m not angry with them or anything like this.

Tyler Bridges, Fellow passenger, told The Washington Post in 2017 that travelers were informed they would be given vouchers to rebook, but when no one agreed, the airline started selecting people and asking them to leave. He said:

A young couple was told to leave first. They begrudgingly got up and left. Then an older man who refused.

He said he wasn’t getting off the flight and he’s a doctor and has to see patients the next morning.

The man became angry as the manager persisted, eventually yelling. He said more or less that he was being selected because he’s Chinese.

A police officer boarded. Then a second and a third. Bridges then began recording, as did another passenger.

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Dao told ABC News on Tuesday that he woke up in a hospital and for a while did not know his story had gone viral.

Then, amid widespread outcry, slipping stock prices and a settlement with the airline, he said the media attention became too much for him to handle. “Get to the point, I have to hide. I stay for months, months in house.”

United Airlines said in a statement Tuesday to The Post that the incident was “a defining moment” for the company. Megan McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in the statement:

It is our responsibility to make sure we as a company and all of our 90,000 employees continue to learn from that experience.

The changes we have implemented since that incident better serve our customers and further empower our employees. This year, we are focused more than ever on our commitment to our customers, looking at every aspect of our business to ensure that we keep their best interests at the center of everything that we do. As our CEO Oscar Munoz has said, we at United never want anyone in the United family to forget the experience of Flight 3411. It makes us a better airline, a more caring company and a stronger team.

Watch video of David Dao’s flight incident below:

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