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Lawyer: Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose

The passenger, Dr. David Dao, has been released from a hospital but will need reconstructive surgery, Demetrio said at a news conference, appearing alongside one of Dao's children.

But Quinn said that even without a strong case, Dao would probably walk away with a hefty settlement.

Pepper said her father and mother were flying home to Kentucky from a vacation in California.

"For a long time, airlines, United in particular, have bullied us", said Thomas Demetrio, Dao's attorney.

A City Council committee is questioning officials from the Chicago Aviation Department and United Airlines about why a passenger was dragged from a United Express flight at O'Hare Airport.

John Fuller of Fairfax, Virginia, described a chaotic - and bloody - scene as aviation security officers tried to remove Dao from the plane.

On Monday, United said Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was "overbooked".

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"Chicago employees should not be doing the dirty work for the friendly skies airline", Chicago Alderman Edward Burke said at the meeting, adding Dao's civil rights had been violated. The videos have gone viral and stirred worldwide outrage and charges of racism against the Vietnamese passenger.

American Airlines, on the other hand, will bump passengers in order of check in, with the last to check in being the first to be denied boarding.

After three passengers agreed to relinquish their seats, Dao said he was a doctor and could not give up his seat because he had appointments the following day.

Passengers who are involuntarily bumped are entitled to compensation, too. This is wrong. Oh my God! Video of the incident quickly spread owing to the frightful treatment the man endured while being removed from the plane, leaving him bloodied and injured.

"This lawsuit, among other things, hopefully, will create a not just national discussion, but global discussion, on how we're going to be treated going forward", Demetrio said.

"I would defy anyone to suggest that there was not an unreasonable amount of force used to help Dr. Dao disembark that plane", Demetrio said in a press conference Thursday. United's contract of carriage says passengers may receive up to $675 if the flight arrives between one and four hours after the planned arrival time of the original flight. Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard. Later, Munoz offered a more emphatic mea culpa, saying, "No one should ever be mistreated this way". While Richard and Linda have been vocal about the potentially unsafe experience, the incident happened to occur on the same day a passenger was dragged out of a flight traveling from Chicago to Louisville. Since tickets bought earlier tend to cost less, being an early bird could up chances of getting booted.

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