NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on an attorney who is representing two people who have been involved in high-profile conflicts with airlines that included cellphone video of the incidents (all times local):
A lawyer for the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight says he is also representing a woman who got into a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant on American Airlines.
Attorney Thomas Demetrio said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show that the attendant took away the woman’s stroller, nearly hitting her child in the process.
A video taken by a passenger and posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying, “You can’t use violence with baby.”
American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott has said the airline is looking into the incident that occurred just before the woman boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. The attendant has been removed from duty.
The incident came less than two weeks after cellphone video showed Dr. David Dao being violently dragged off a United Express flight in Chicago.
A lawyer for the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight says it’s too late for the airline’s CEO to apologize face-to-face and that his client intends to file a lawsuit.
Attorney Thomas Demetrio, who represents 69-year-old Dr. David Dao, made the comments Monday during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.
Demetrio said United CEO Oscar Munoz had the opportunity to apologize and didn’t, called Dao belligerent, and then finally issued an apology. Demetrio has said previously that he and his client accepted the airline CEO’s public apology but think it was insincere.
Dao was dragged off a flight in Chicago April 9 by airport police after he refused to give up his seat on the full plane to make room for crew members.
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