United Airlines along with the Chicago Department of Aviation failed to meet a Senate deadline to provide information about the forcible removal of a passenger from a flight that left him injured and bloody.
Both the airline and the agency said they will give the information to the Senate next week, USA Today reported. Top Senate Transportation Committee members Sens. John Thune and Bill Nelson demanded the information after a worldwide backlash cost United $255 million in lowered stock prices.
David Dao, a Kentucky doctor, was dragged from his seat after refusing to give it up when United staff told him he was being bumped from the sold-out flight to make room for staff members that needed to travel. Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose, and lost two teeth in the incident, USA Today reported.
United notified the senators by letter that it needed until April 27 to review its policies and apologized again for the incident, The Washington Post reported.
Chicago aviation commissioner Ginger Evans requested until April 26 to provide information to the Senate.
The officers who removed Dao have been suspended by United, and the airline has said that it will no longer use police to remove passengers and that it is requiring crew to be booked at least 60 minutes before the plane departs, USA Today reported.
The lawmakers want to know more about the incident as they consider whether related legislation is needed. Thune and Nelson said in a joint statement, “We find any further delay in getting necessary answers unacceptable,” USA Today reported.
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