by Mark Albert
The bloodied mouth of a passenger as seen in this screen grab from a Twitter video posted by Jayse D. Anspach
WASHINGTON (TVR) – A United States senator plans to introduce a bill that would ban airlines from forcibly removing passengers after they have boarded the plane for overbooking or crew accommodation, like what happened to the Kentucky doctor who was battered and bloodied as he was dragged off a United flight earlier this week.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said Wednesday he would soon introduce the Customers Not Cargo Act. He issued a public letter calling on his 99 Senate colleagues to join him.
“[W]e should act immediately to ensure that airlines cannot force passengers who have already boarded to leave the plane in order to free up seats for others. Instead, they must provide sufficient incentives to encourage passengers to voluntarily deplane,” Sen. Van Hollen wrote.
Police officers forcibly removed Dr. David Dao from his seat on United flight 3411, as it prepared to push back from the gate Sunday night on its way from Chicago to Louisville.
United’s CEO, Oscar Muñoz, finally issued an unreserved apology Wednesday in the airline’s third statement on the incident.
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