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United Airlines To Be Flogged In Congress

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The House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees aviation policy, has scheduled a hearing to probe on the incident on United Airlines' Flight 3411.

United Airlines made news last week after it forcibly removed a passenger from one of its overbooked flights to make place for a crew member.

"Flight 3411 has prompted a lot of discussion, and we share many of the concerns being raised," the company said in emailed comments. "We look forward to meeting with the committee and sharing with them the comprehensive review and the customer-focused actions we will communicate."

The panel's chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and top Democrat, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, jointly announced their plan Wednesday.

Dr. David Dao was dragged from an United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat to a crew member on an overbooked flight. According to Dao's lawyer, the 69-year-old suffered a broken nose, concussion and other injuries.

A public outrage started last week after a video showing Dao screaming and bleeding from the mouth as officers physically dragged him off the flight.

United said it is reviewing the circumstances that led to the forcible removal of Dr. David Dao by Chicago aviation police officers on April 9.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz apologized on "Good Morning America for incident. "This can never — will never — happen again on a United Airlines flight," he said. "That's my premise and that's my promise."

by RTT Staff Writer

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