And now they were telling me I had no choice.
His longtime effort to get his license back finally succeeded in 2015, when the licensing board allowed him to practice medicine again. When nobody accepted the airline's offer of $800 to relinquish a seat, the airline chose four passengers at random.
The practice lets airlines keep fares low while managing the rate of no-shows on any particular route, said Vaughn Jennings, spokesman for Airlines for America, which represents most of the big USA carriers.
"It's not a question, in my opinion, as to whether you overbook", Bastian said on a Wednesday earnings call. "This will never happen again on a United flight". United had fully booked the flight but needed to provide seats for four airline employees who needed to get to Louisville for work.
In a series of three statements and an interview, United CEO Oscar Munoz became increasingly contrite.
On Wednesday, 21 Senate Democrats demanded a more-detailed account of the incident from Munoz. Passengers said he hit his head on an armrest.
Perry Flint, a spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents 265 airlines, said he had never heard of an airline going after a passenger for video the person shot on a plane.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it was reviewing Sunday's events to see if United violated rules on overselling flights. He said was working on legislation to increase passengers' rights.
The agency also said that its officers, who are not part of the Chicago Police Department, have "limited authority to make an arrest". It gave few details. He also hopes to create a new incentive system to coax customers to opt off overbooked flights.
Videos released by passengers show security boarding a plane and remove a passenger because the plane was overbooked. United is the dominant carrier at New Jersey's largest airport, which is in Newark. That usually works - of the 475,000 people who lost a seat a year ago, more than 90 per cent did so voluntarily, according to government figures.
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Wednesday that the passengers can take the compensation in cash, travel credits or miles.
Also off the "bump at will" list are the premium customers who make airlines the most money. "The family of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received".
Four people were asked to leave the aircraft on Sunday.
Emirates and Qatar have been criticized by USA carriers over their rapid US expansion.