Department of Transportation will not fine United Airlines for forcibly removing 69-year-old doctor from a flight at Chicago’s O‘Hare International Airport in April.
According to Chicago Tribune, The department notified United Airlines that they would not face fines from the federal government for dragging physician David Dao from an overbooked flight.
Dao was taken from his seat and pulled through the aircraft’s aisle by Chicago Department of Aviation officers after he refused to give a United crew member his seat on the overbooked flight. Footage of the April 9 incident sparked national outrage and went viral on social media.
“We generally pursue enforcement action when a carrier exhibits a pattern or practice of noncompliance with the department’s consumer protection regulations and federal anti-discrimination statues that we enforce,” the Transportation Department said. “Therefore, we conclude that enforcement action is not warranted in this matter.”