by Mark Albert
Unidentified men dragged a passenger off a United Airlines flight April 9, 2017; courtesy: Audra D. Bridges
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Some outraged lawmakers want Congress to hold hearings on the United Airlines debacle after the carrier’s epic mishandling of a passenger on a flight from Chicago went viral, leading elected officials to call the man’s treatment “unacceptable,” even as the carrier’s CEO gave his first interview Wednesday to apologize yet again.
“Travelers deserve to be treated w dignity… This is unacceptable,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said in a tweet.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting member of Congress who represents the nation’s capital, issued a statement calling for hearings.
“The public is incensed, and the video images from fellow passengers are disturbing enough to warrant a public hearing by our committee when the House returns from recess,” Norton said. “A hearing would allow us to question airport police, United Airlines personnel, and Federal Aviation Administration officials, among others, not only about the underlying facts regarding the United Airlines incident, but, perhaps more important, to learn whether appropriate procedures were in place in Chicago and what guidance is available nationwide when passengers are asked to leave an overbooked flight.”
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), tweeted “What occurred over the weekend on @United can never happen again. This may be a case where we have to legislate appropriate action.”
At the White House Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer said the incident involving Dr. David Dao “probably could have been handled a little bit better.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation said it was reviewing what occurred as the Federal Transit Administration launched an investigation, CBS News reported.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Aviation Department announced it put two more officers who were involved in the incident on leave, according to the Associated Press.