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Officers Fired in United Incident

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:31 AM

Two officers have been fired in the United Airlines incident in April when a passenger was dragged off a flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago Department of Aviation security officers dragged Dr. David Dao off the flight April 9 after he refused to leave to make room for United traveling crew members, the newspaper said. The incident was spread widely on social media and became a major embarrassment for the airline.

Chicago's Office of Inspector General concluded in a report released Tuesday that three aviation security officers and one aviation security sergeant "mishandled" the situation, the newspaper noted.

The investigation additionally stated that employees had made misleading statements and "deliberately removed material facts from their reports."

Thomas Demetrio, Dao's attorney, had said that his client suffered a broken nose and lost teeth while being dragged off the flight, National Public Radio reported. United eventually apologized and entered into an undisclosed settlement with Dao for his injuries, the radio broadcaster said.

The report stated that along with the firing of two officers, two others received short suspensions and one of them subsequently resigned. The report added that the fired officers "grieved their discharge and arbitration dates have yet to be scheduled."

"(The Chicago Department of Aviation) also stated in its response that it 'intends to make completely clear through markings, procedures, and training, that the Aviation Security Division provides security services for airport staff and passenger safety, not police services,'" the Inspector General report said. "CDA confirmed that a review of its policies and procedures was underway and stated it would be complete by the first quarter of 2018."

The aviation department confirmed that a review of its policies and procedures was being conducted.

"As we have clearly stated, the department is taking every action in our power to ensure that an incident like this never, ever occurs again," department spokeswoman Lauren Huffman told the Tribune.

The aviation department announced that the Chicago Police Department would be the lead responder on disturbance calls at the airport and not the unarmed aviation security officers, the newspaper reported.

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Two officers have been fired in the United Airlines incident in April when a passenger was dragged off a flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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