Uproar over how passenger was treated

In the video, Dr David Dao, seen here with his wife Teresa and one of their grandchildren, was shown falling on an armrest during the struggle with the Chicago airport police, which resulted in an injury (top). One of the three officers in the incide
In the video, Dr David Dao was shown falling on an armrest during the struggle with the Chicago airport police, which resulted in an injury (above). One of the three officers in the incident has been placed on leave pending an investigation.PHOTO: CDAOGLADMAN/INSTAGRAM, TWITTER
In the video, Dr David Dao, seen here with his wife Teresa and one of their grandchildren, was shown falling on an armrest during the struggle with the Chicago airport police, which resulted in an injury (top). One of the three officers in the incide
Dr David Dao with his wife Teresa and one of their grandchildren.PHOTO: CDAOGLADMAN/INSTAGRAM, TWITTER

NEW YORK • United Airlines yesterday came under fire amid accusations of racism and calls for a boycott of the US carrier after it forcibly removed a Vietnamese- American passenger identified by some reports as Dr David Dao, 69, from an overbooked flight.

Footage of Sunday's incident went viral, with outrage on social media extending even to China. The incident occurred on a United Express flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky. The airline said it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats, and police were called in after a passenger refused to leave. In a letter to United employees, CEO Oscar Munoz called the passenger "disruptive and belligerent", and supported staff actions.

The Courier-Journal paper in Louisville said Dr Dao had been convicted of multiple felony counts involving drugs in 2004, and was placed on five years of supervised probation.

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