Aviation officer who dragged man from plane sues United, city of Chicago
CHICAGO — The Chicago aviation officer who dragged a United Airlines passenger off an overbooked flight last year has filed a lawsuit claiming he wasn’t properly trained for the situation.
In the suit, James Long said he was pulled from his lunch break on April 9, 2017, to help remove an unruly passenger from a United Airlines flight that had been overbooked. Passenger David Dao, a doctor from Kentucky, refused to leave his seat and was eventually dragged from the plane by Long by force. The moment was captured on cellphone video that quickly went viral.
Long was fired over the incident, and Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans criticized the officers involved.
Long is now suing Evans, her department and United Airlines — arguing the training he received before becoming an aviation officer didn’t properly cover the use of force. The suit seeks backpay, attorneys’ fees and other damages.
Dao settled privately with United last year in an “amicable” agreement. Details of the settlement remain confidential.
This is a developing story.
Read the lawsuit here: