As you may be aware, United Airlines has earned no shortage of outrage in light of its forced removal of a passenger from Flight 3411 on April 9. The internet has been quick to serve the airline a steady helping of vitriol, especially as initial efforts to amend the damage were deemed feeble at best. David Dao, the 69-year-old dragged from the aircraft and bloodied amid a scuffle with Chicago Airport Security officers, will reportedly file a lawsuit against the airline.
United Airlines’ pilots, originally mum on Sunday’s incident, issued a statement on Thursday, saying Dao’s removal left them “infuriated.”
“The safety and well-being of our passengers is the highest priority for United pilots, and this should not have escalated into a violent encounter. United pilots are infuriated by this event,” said the statement, published on behalf of the United Executive Master Council (MEC), the union representing United’s 12,500 pilots.
The MEC points out that the incident unfolded onboard one of United’s contracted Express flights, owned and operated by the regional-based carrier, Republic Airlines. Technically, none of the crew onboard Flight 3411 are United employees, the MEC notes, instead directing blame at the Chicago Department of Aviation's “grossly inappropriate response.”