On April 9, 2017, Dr. Dao was dragged off a United Express flight from Chicago O’Hare. At first this video seemed like it may be no different than most other viral airline videos, though this incident was unlike anything we’ve seen before in commercial aviation.
It made headlines for weeks on end, and it caused airlines to actually change their policies.
This became such a big issue that within weeks of the incident United reached an undisclosed settlement with Dr. Dao in hopes of getting out of the spotlight. It’s widely believed this settlement was in the millions, if not for over ten million dollars.
Well, yesterday, on the second anniversary of the incident, Dr. Dao appeared on Good Morning America for his first ever interview on camera. The timing of this is interesting, and suggests there may have been an NDA of some sort that expired yesterday.
Here’s the interview:
While he doesn’t say all that much, it’s still interesting to see how he feels about the incident at this point.
As you can see, at this point he holds no ill-will towards anyone, and wouldn’t even change what happened if he could. He suggests that’s because it caused change in the industry, though I suspect the settlement he received doesn’t hurt either. 😉
In all honesty, this incident changed a lot, and I’m happy to see that he seems to be doing quite well. I’m a bit surprised he even wanted the attention of doing the interview at this point, rather than just letting it fade away.
I’m happy we get to hear his perspective…
(Tip of the hat to Live and Let’s Fly)