Passenger David Dao Settles With Airline Over Dragging Incident

According to CNN, Dao's lawyers did not disclose the settlement amount.

At the same time, another United flight was experiencing technical issues, keeping four airline staff in Chicago from arriving in Louisville in time to crew flights leaving the following day.

After filing a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to preserve evidence and talks of a lawsuit being filed, the confidential settlement was negotiated with United by Dao's lawyers, Thomas A. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio and Stephen L. Golan of Golan Christie Taglia.

"Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has", Munoz said. Federal rules say those fliers have the right to demand payment instead of perks - but after the United fiasco, it's clear that airlines want to avoid these circumstances altogether. The police officers involved have also since been suspended.

"Dr. David Dao has reached an amicable settlement with United Airlines for the injuries he received in his April 9 ordeal, which was captured on video and viewed worldwide", Dao's attorneys said in a statement.

"We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the centre of everything we do".

Dr. Dao has yet to give his own firsthand account of what happened on April 9 as he tried to make his way home to Louisville, Kentucky, and given the swiftness with which United settled it is likely he never will after likely signing a non-disclosure agreement.

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Beth Harbin, a Southwest spokeswoman, said Thursday that with better forecasting tools and a new reservations system coming online next month the airline will no longer have a need to overbook flights.

Munoz stressed that point in a letter sent on Thursday to customers, saying the airline would increase its focus on their satisfaction.

Dao, who was traveling with his wife, refused to get off the plane because he said he had patient appointments the next morning.

The agency released a report Monday in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events.

Dao was asked to leave the plane after commuting crew members boarded at late notice.

Passengers who voluntarily give up their seats on overbooked flights will now be compensated up to $10,000.

- Sending displaced passengers or crew members to nearby airports, putting them on other airlines or arranging for auto transportation to get them to their destinations.

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