The report of mental health problems in the background of the passenger, information usually protected by HIPAA laws, information that the commentator used in the derogatory comment, was made available by LA Times.
The same LA Times provided information that the pummeled passenger was allegedly a convicted felon, that his medical license was allegedly suspended in the past for trading prescriptions for sex, that he had psychological evaluations listing anxiety, anger management problems and post traumatic stress disorder, and that his medical license, though restored, required supervision of Dr. Dao's activities as a physician by another doctor.
The pummeling happened on April 9, 2017. The spokesperson for the airline made false claims against Dr. Dao that could operate to revoke his medical license and claimed he "stood behind" the actions of the employees.
The airline changed course and issued apologies only on April 13, 2017, promising to take "immediate action", only after an "international outrage", after its stocks took a dive and after people started to boycott its services and post this kind of anti-PR for United:
This video Twitter message shows slapping of a person with the following inscription:
And a video message of an Asian guy who dons a disguise of a white guy not to be dragged off a United flight:
Then, and only as damage control and not as any kind of expression of sincere remorse about what happened,
Of course, customers remain outraged at the incompleteness of the policy - since United apparently continues to bump passengers not because of overbooking, but because it wants to save money by using its own planes for last-minute relocation of its own crews.
Yet, here is the comment on Facebook that "had Dr. Dao cooperated with authorities" "and raised his objections later", everything could have been "different".
The author of this post also added this:
- an international outrage in the media and social media;
- until the dive in stocks;
- until customers started to boycott the airline;
- until Dr Dao hired a lawyer to contemplate a lawsuit against the airline;
- until customers started to advertise United's competitors using the incident:
- until the airline's conduct caused the interest of lawmakers regulators, and
- until PR experts called the incident a "brand suicide"
- to blame Dr. Dao for his behavior; and
- to not-so-subtly intimidate him - by checking out his licensing history and claiming that he was "irate and belligerent".
- She wouldn't have been raped if she did not wear provocative clothing.
- He wouldn't have been charged if he opened the door and allowed a warrantless search of his house.
- He wouldn't have been arrested, roughed up, searched, killed by the police if he "complied with the authorities and objected later" - if he did not act the way he did and "ran while black", "'causing" the police to chase and shoot him.
- She would not have lost her professional license had she shut up, looked the other way and not dared to criticize her own regulator.
- A 69-year-old Vietnamese immigrant physician would not have been pummeled to the point of having a concussion, broken nose and knocked out teeth, in front of his wife, had he "complied" and walked out of the plane after having been allowed to board it and take his seat.
- white, black, Asian, or Native American;
- does or does not have a criminal history;
- is or is not a good professional;
- does or does not have a history of professional license suspensions;
- does or does not have a history of engaging in behavior involving moral turpitude;
The verdict of a jury to Dr. Dao and his wife by the jury in punitive damages - and it is as cut-and-dry case for Dr. Dao and his wife as it can be - can bankrupt United.
And, of course, Dr Dao is blamed for hiring a personal injury lawyer - who wouldn't under the circumstances?
And, of course, Dr Dao is blamed for his lawyer's televised interview.
And of course, pilots are, according to the Forbes' commentator, rightfully infuriated because the United will now "likely have to compensate a belligerent passenger whose attorney will make a case against every weather-caused delay that ever happened".
So, we are now back to double-falsification of facts:
- that the Dr Dao was injured because he was belligerent; and
- that he is suing for a frivolous cause - like "a weather-caused delay".
Blaming the victim continues, but disrespect to the victim will add more millions to the jury verdict against the airline - if the airline will be brain-dead enough to not settle.
And - we the potential customers of airlines are waiting for the news that those who assaulted Dr Dao and who ordered that assault are charged with felonies.
That will be the rule of law.
And, by the way - I haven't heard anything from ACLU on the subject. It was an immigrant whose rights were affected, wasn't it?