Department of Transportation: No Penalty for United Airlines After David Dao Assaulted, Dragged Off Plane

Dr. David Dao was dragged from a full United Airlines plane by O’Hare Airport Security officers, in a still from bystander cellphone video. (Photo credit: Twitter / @JayseDavid)

A passengers’ rights advocacy group, Flyers Rights, released documents yesterday showing that in May, the Department of Transportation  — which, incidentally, is currently headed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — quietly concluded an investigation into United Airlines for an incident that occurred earlier this year wherein passenger Dr. David Dao was assaulted by police and dragged from a full airplane.

The letter obtained by Flyers Rights following a Freedom of Information Act request showed that the Department of Transportation had concluded following their investigation that United Airlines would not face any sort of fines or other punishments following the incident, which was videotaped by another passenger and went viral on social media.

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Man Bloodied, Dragged From Overbooked United Flight by Police

An unidentified man who was assaulted by Chicago police officers and dragged from a United Airlines, from eyewitness cellphone video posted by Twitter user @JayseDavid

An as-yet-unidentified 69-year-old Asian man was physically assaulted by three Chicago-area police officers after he allegedly refused to give up his seat on an overbooked United flight scheduled to depart Sunday evening from Chicago to Louisville.

In several eyewitness cellphone videos (after the jump), the man — who was seated in a window seat — is approached by the three officers. Within moments, they physically grab him and throw him from his seat. His head can be seen slamming into a nearby armrest, bloodying his face as one of the officers grabs his arms and drags his stunned form up the aisle of the plane.

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