Emirates boss on United: I would have quit over passenger 'disgrace'

Andrew Cummings
May 1, 2017

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz apologized on "Good Morning America for incident". Instead, future decisions about the chairman position will be made by board members. Former Air Canada CEO Robert Milton is now the non-executive chairman of United's board.

The passenger, David Dao, was dragged off the plane by Chicago Aviation police officers after refusing to give up his seat on the plane.

United Continental Holdings Inc. canceled Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz's expected elevation to chairman next year as the carrier continues to deal with the fallout from a public-relations disaster after a passenger was dragged off a plane. The Airlines are under a high scrutiny since a video got viral about its mistreatment with one of its customers.

How could such a thing possibly happen to any airline passenger who had paid for his or her ticket, boarded the flight and was not causing a disturbance?

United also said Friday that Munoz received $18.7 million in compensation a year ago.

Since 2015, American, Delta, and United (the US3) have been complaining about competition from three huge and fast-growing Middle East-based rivals - Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways (the ME3).According to the US3, the ME3's growth has been fueled by as much as $50 billion in subsidies over the past decade, allowing them to flood the worldwide market and threaten the job security of USA aviation workers. The company said Friday in a regulatory filing that about $6.8 million of the total was related to a signing bonus that Munoz was promised in 2016.

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 US carriers' treatment of passengers.

Munoz, who became United's CEO in September 2015, was originally supposed to become chairman in 2017.

United Airlines has been under fire since a passenger suffered injuries while being forcibly removed from a flight in Chicago on April 9. Forty-two percent of respondents picked United Airlines; 40% chose Trump.

Munoz's early statements described the passenger as being re-accommodated and suggested he had been "disruptive and belligerent".

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