| NEW YORK, April 24
NEW YORK, April 24 The lawyer representing Dr.
David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane,
said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American
Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend.
Thomas Demetrio told CNBC on Monday that he will represent
both passengers whose recent confrontations with airline and
airport employees sparked global outrage and prompted a
nationwide conversation over U.S. carriers' treatment of
"Her tale is compelling. The video is a microcosm of what's
wrong with the airline industry today," Demetrio said in an
interview with CNBC.
In a video posted on Facebook on Friday by a bystander
aboard the American Airlines flight, the woman is seen in tears
and holding a young child after a male flight attendant had
apparently wrested a baby stroller from her.
Demetrio said the woman from that incident, which happened
before takeoff on Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas, had
reached out to seek his counsel.
American Airlines did not immediately respond to a request
for comment on Monday.
Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the video, wrote
that the flight attendant had forcefully taken the stroller,
hitting the woman with it and just missing her child. That
sequence of events did not appear on the clip.
The video showed an unidentified man standing and yelling at
the flight attendant: "You do that to me and I'll knock you
flat." The crew member then points his finger and challenges the
passenger to hit him and the man eventually returns to his seat.
American Airlines suspended the flight attendant and
apologized to the woman and her family. The carrier said on
Saturday that it was investigating the incident.
This was the second high-profile incident in less than a
month involving a physical escalation of conflict between
airlines employees and passengers.
Two weeks ago, 69-year-old Dao was dragged from his seat
aboard United Flight 3411 before takeoff by airport security to
make room for employees.
Demetrio said in the CNBC interview a settlement had not yet
been discussed with United over the incident in which Dao lost
two front teeth, broke his nose and suffered a concussion.
(Reporting by Alana Wise, Timothy Mclaughlin and Barbara