The INSIDER Summary:
- United Airlines is being sued for a 2015 incident in which an elderly man was pushed to the ground by an employee and left there.
- Footage of the shove was recently released by Houston news station KPRC.
- The man decided to sue after seeing the footage of Dr. David Dao getting dragged off a plane in April.
- The employee who shoved him has already been charged with injury to an elderly individual.
- United has been in the news for various negative situations lately.
A 73-year-old man is suing United Airlines, claiming that an employee pushed him and left him on the ground back in 2015.
Luckily, he has a video to prove it.
Surveillance footage that shows the altercation at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport recently aired on Houston news station KPRC, once again putting United Airlines in hot water.
According to his lawyer William Hoke, Ronald Tinger, who was 71 at the time of the incident, tried to come to amends with United right after the situation occurred, but didn’t get anywhere. After witnessing Dr. David Dao get brutally dragged off a United flight in April, he decided to take legal action.
“[Tigner’s] main concern was getting his story out there so the traveling public knows about this, and instead of talking about core values [United] will actually do something to stop it,” Hoke told HuffPost.
United responded with a statement earlier this week:
“We have seen the video from 2015 that shows completely unacceptable behavior by a United employee. This employee was terminated from United in August 2015 following the incident. The conduct shown here does not reflect our values or our commitment to treat all of our customers with respect and dignity. We are taking a thorough look into what happened here and reaching out to our customer to profusely apologize for what occurred and to make this right.”
In the video, Tinger is seen talking to an employee before getting visibly pushed to the floor. In the lawsuit, Tinger claims that he asked the employee to help him get a new boarding pass, but instead of helping him, the employee just laughed. Tinger says that he asked the employee to stop smiling, which led to the shove, seen clearly in the video.
Another passenger ended up running to Tinger’s side and calling for help — the 911 call from the incident was also released by KPRC.
The employee in question has already been charged with injury to an elderly individual.
The incident is making news now after a series of negative stories involving United have come to light.
In April, footage of a United passenger getting forcibly dragged off the plane went viral. In the months following, passengers were bitten by scorpions, couples claimed to have been kicked off flights to their honeymoon, planes were filmed leaking fuel, and passengers were threatened with canceled flights for trying to film interactions with gate agents.
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