But airport officers pressed further, explaining to Dao that he was making things “a lot harder” and, at one point, asked him if he’d rather go to jail.
“I won’t go. I’m physician, have to work tomorrow, eight o’clock,” Dao says in a minute-long clip that, at times, is inaudible.
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I’m not going,” Dao says, adding that his total travel time from Los Angeles to Louisville that day was 24 hours and that he needed to get home. “You can then drag me…
Dao reportedly remains in a Chicago hospital while he recovers from his injuries. He told Louisville, Ky., TV station WLKY he was suffering “from everything.”
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Dao, a father of five, also is a gambling enthusiast, TMZ reported, even making a bundle of cash at a World Series of Poker event in 2009.
The incident, which went viral online, triggered a firestorm of bad publicity for United.
— With files from the Associated Press
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The company’s shares fell 4% Tuesday and the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, originally defended his employees before realizing his error and apologizing.
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Newly surfaced video shows the heated back and forth that transpired between Dao and the officers when he was informed he’d been selected to forfeit his seat to United crew members.
Moments before David Dao was violently ripped from his United Airlines seat, the 69-year-old passenger’s combative exchange with airport officers was caught on tape.
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In the future, law enforcement will not be involved in removing a “booked, paid, seated passenger,” Munoz added. “We can’t do that.”
“Well, we have to drag you,” one of the officers appears to respond at one point during the exchange.
Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received,” Dao’s lawyer said, according to WLKY. “Currently, they are focused only on Dr. “The family of Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment.
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According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Dao was convicted of trading prescription pills for sex with a patient in 2003.
Dao, a pulmonary disease physician with a sordid past, was left battered and bloodied Sunday night after security yanked him from his seat and dragged him off his flight.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Wednesday, Munoz said he felt “ashamed” watching video of Dao being forced off the jet.
Reports of Dao’s sordid past have drawn ire from those who view inquiries into the doctor’s past as victim shaming.