The man who was dragged off an overbooked United Airlines flight on Sunday (April 9), has been identified as Vietnamese-American doctor with troubled past. According to the Daily Mail, airline staff caught Dr David Dao, 69, by his hands and dragged him out of the flight before take-off. The incident went viral on social media, sparking off an outrage from the general public over his mistreatment.
The Daily Mail, however, reports that Dr. Dao, a father of five children, four of whom are doctors, has a criminal and troubled past.
It quoted other media, as saying that Dr. Dao was reportedly convicted of multiple felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud or deceit.
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It has also been reported that he was suspended from practicing medicine in 2005 for a decade. He was also reportedly a professional poker player who made over USD 117,000 in a tournament in 2009.
Dr. Dao, a grandfather, studied at a medical school in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, and is married to a paediatrician.
Netizens, however, have defended Dr. Dao, saying that his troubled past should not have had a bearing on how he was treated on the United Airlines flight.