"I stayed for months in the house"

Dr David Dao has broken his silence since he was dragged of a United Airlines flight in 2017

In an interview with ABC News, Dr David Dao broke his silence about being dragged and thrown of a United Airlines flight two years ago.

On 9 April 2017, United Airlines Flight 3411 asked several randomly selected passengers who were already boarded to disembark as the flight was overbooked.

When Dr Dao refused to leave, United called in airport officials who forcibly removed the him from the plane.

The Vietnamese-American suffered a broken nose, loss of two front teeth, sinus injuries and a concussion.

Dr Dao was returning home to Kentucky to open a free clinic for US veterans.

Whilst CEO Oscar Munoz claimed Dr Dao was a “disruptive” and “belligerent” passenger, Star Trek actor John Cho condemned the airline, drawing a link between the incident and the “environment Trump has created”.

Star Wars Rogue One actor Donnie Yen slammed the airline too, saying, “. “No one should be treated this way. This is unacceptable and need to be condemn. United was never my choice of airline, now they are black listed.” The story even caused controversy across Chinese social media.

Marking the two year anniversary of the traumatic event, Dr Dao has broken his silence, telling ABC that when he saw the footage, he “just cried.”
Dr Dao has since forgiven the airline’s staff for dragging him off the flight, saying they were simply doing their job.

“I’m not angry with them,” he said. “They have a job to do. They had to do it. If they don’t do it, they must lose their job. So, I’m not angry with them or anything like this.”

He also revealed that he stayed at home for months after the incident.

United Airlines reached an undisclosed settlement with Dr Dao, who is relieved that the airline took action.

“The most important thing is the accident turned out the positive way,” he said.

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