United Airlines has reached an out-of-court settlement with Dr. David Dao.
According to Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, the two parties reached an “amicable settlement” for the injuries his client received when he was violently removed from United Airlines Flight 3411 on April 9.
Both parties have agreed to keep the value of the settlement confidential.
In a statement, Demetrio praised United CEO Oscar Munoz.
“Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has,” Demetrio said. “In addition, United Airlines taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the City of Chicago.”
“For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded.”
On April 9, Dr. Dao was forcibly removed from the Louisville, Kentucky-bound United Airlines flight. Dr. Dao and his wife refused to deplane voluntary after being bumped from the flight to accomodate four airline crew members need to operate a flight from Louisville to Newark the next morning.
“United and Dr. Dao have reached an amicable resolution of unfortunate incident that occurred aboard flight 3411,” the airline said in a statement to Reuters. “We look forward to implementing improvements we have announced.”
As a result of the incident involving Dr. Dao, United Airlines has instituted a host of policy changes aimed at preventing a recurrence of such a disturbing event. Changes include the additional crew training, supplemental problem solving resources, and increased financial incentives for passengers.
This story is developing.