United to pay compensation to plane passengers

CHICAGO (AP) – United says passengers on United Express Flight 3411 are getting compensation equal to the cost of their tickets.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Wednesday that the passengers can take the compensation in cash, travel credits or miles.

Flight 3411 on Sunday night from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, was sold out and passengers were in their seats when the airline said it needed to find room for four crew members who were commuting to their next assignment, a United Express flight in Louisville.

A 69-year-old passenger from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who did not want to give up his seat, wound up being dragged off the plane by security officers. United CEO Oscar Munoz has apologized for the incident, and he vowed Wednesday that it will never happen again.

Meantime, two more airport police officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave.

The announcement Wednesday from the city’s Aviation Department comes two days after another officer involved in the Sunday night confrontation was put on leave.

The department said it is continuing its investigation.

On Thursday, the city’s aviation commissioner is expected to address a city council committee about the incident.

Meanwhile, attorneys for the passenger took a step toward legal action Wednesday by filing court papers asking the Cook County court to preserve reports and other material related to the incident.

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