Well, this story has taken a turn. That passenger on a flight from Chicago bound for Louisville who refused to give up his seat after being told he’d been randomly selected to be “involuntarily denied boarding” has a sordid past to say the least.
According to TMZ, Dr. David Dao was charged back in 2005 with 98 felony drug counts for illegally prescribing and trafficking painkillers. Dr. Dao was also convicted on 6 felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit and in 2005 was given 5 years probation. Dao was also convicted for writing prescriptions and checks to a patient in exchange for sex. Also, Medical board documents show that while Dao denied paying for sex, he did accept sexual favors in exchange for debt owed to him.
Dr. Dao surrendered his license to practice medicine in Kentucky in February, 2005, but was allowed to practice medicine again in 2015 with some restrictions when the medical board lifted the suspension. For now, Dao is only allowed to practice internal medicine one day a week in an outpatient facility.
In light of what happened over the weekend when Dao refused to give up his seat by lying down, causing police to have to forcibly remove him, a doctor who’d assessed Dao’s case noted he had interpersonal problems, writing “… he would unilaterally choose to do his own thing.”