New video recorded by a passenger on board the Louisville-bound United Airlines flight from which Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed shows what happened moments before the viral incident occurred.
The footage, taken by passenger Joya Cummings, could answer key questions as to what exactly led up to that violent confrontation in which Dao was dragged off the plane in Chicago to make room for United Airlines flight attendants trying to get to Louisville for work the next day.
In the new video, two Chicago aviation officers are seen standing at the end of the aisle on board the plane where Dao was seated. But as one can assume from watching the now-viral video, Dao refused to leave, saying he had to be at work the next day.
“I won’t go. I’m [a] physician. I have to work tomorrow. 8:00,” Dao said, appearing to be on his cellphone while speaking with the officers.
“I tell you … to make a lawsuit against United Airlines,” Dao said just moments later.
Confronted again by officers, Dao reiterated, “No, I am not going.” That’s when one officer threatened to “drag” him instead.
Dao replied: “Well, you can then drag me. I don’t go. I’m not going. I’m staying right there.”
“They’re trying to use force,” Dao then said, still talking on his phone.
“This can be a lot harder—” one officer told Dao, urging him to exit the aircraft.
“I’d rather go to jail,” Dao replied.
“Rather go to jail than just get off?” the officer asked.
“Yeah,” Dao said.
The video concludes with Dao repeatedly saying “I have to go home.” Moments before, Dao noted that he had been traveling for “almost 24 hours.”
Dao, who was traveling with his wife, indicated that the couple had come from Los Angeles. Dao’s daughter said during a press conference Thursday that her parents were in California “on vacation.”
(H/T: Daily Caller)