David Dao, the United passenger bloodied and dragged off flight, is a poker-playing doc with a sordid past


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I kind of figured that there was more to this story.

    • canminuteman

      There isn’t really more to the story. So the guy is a scum bag. They probably didn’t know he was before the beat down, and even if they did it wouldn’t justify it. I suspect that they went looking into his past after the fact so they can poison the water before he sues their ass.

      • The Butterfly

        Yeah, I don’t see how this guy’s past is relevant. United’s behaviour was atrocious no matter who they did it to.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          What I meant was that the guy was acting irrationally (likely taking his own pills) and that’s why he got the snot beat out of him.
          Although I kind of like the idea that Chinese social media is floating around that we are just targeting random Chinese people who have the nerve to use commercial aviation, because we are all a bunch of big fat racists and that’s how America rolls.

          • canminuteman

            The Chinese can avoid white racism by staying in China.

          • Alain

            And all others can avoid Chinese racism by staying out of China. Oh gee I forgot a few other places like Richmond, BC.

      • Waffle

        Flying the not-so-friendly-skies of United might just be a cash cow for the Louisville Slugger. Ka-Ching!!!

  • Brett_McS

    Rip a guy out of his seat then dox him when the video goes viral. I see United share value has dropped a billion or so.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I wish I had money to play the market.
      All these idiots are giving us golden short selling opportunities.

  • CodexCoder

    While I understand that the doctor was not an upstanding citizen, it does not excuse the actions of United Airlines as he was a paying customer and had a contractual right to the seat. You can’t unilaterally break a sales contract without the consent of both parties, or you end up facing a tort in court.

    • Brett_McS

      They should have just upped the compensation amount and asked again for volunteers. Would have been a lot cheaper than what’s happening now.

      • Martin B

        Hiring a private charter plane to fly or a limousine service to drive volunteers to their destination would also have been a lot cheaper, not to mention much better publicity.

    • john700

      You don’t know much about air travel legislation.
      The captain of a plane is allowed to eject any passanger just because he wants do so.
      Very likely, somewhere in the fine print on the ticket it says that the said ticket could be cancelled at any time by the issuing party.
      Sometimes, you buy a non-stop flight ticket and you end up with a 1 stop ticket. Normally, you should be allowed to cancel with full refund, but this is not the case.
      Etc, etc, etc.
      The airport area and the inside of the plane are real dictatorships. All legal.

  • lgeubank

    He still paid for his ticket, didn’t he?

    United Airlines employees: “We need to get to Louisville.”
    Passenger: “YOUR needs? What about MY needs?”