Vietnamese Community Outraged Over Doctor’s Assault on United Flight

Vietnamese netizens are now adding their voices to the growing outrage over the violent deplaning of 69-year-old Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight on Sunday night.

The incident, in which Dao, a Vietnamese-American, was violently removed from the plane due to an alleged “overbooking”, has earned international condemnation.

Dao was initially assumed to be Chinese, and angery Chinese netizens were among the first to speak out, with many threatening to boycott the airline. Some even cut up their membership cards in anger.

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After Chinese social media exploded in its criticisms over the incident, the Vietnamese community is now making noise.

According to Reuters, more and more Viets are speaking out against the airline.

A popular post by Clarence Dũng Taylor, owner of the Vietnamese-centered D&D Entertainment, berated United for the way they treated Dao saying (translated), “Dr. Dao didn’t do anything wrong on that flight and that’s the main thing.”

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In his post, Taylor says he belongs to a group of Vietnamese artists who are United customers. Like several calls for a boycott against the airline, Taylor has launched a petition to boycott the airline of her own.

Anh Trang Khuya, another angered Facebook user from Vietnam, wrote:

“Watching this makes my blood boil, I’ll never fly United Airlines.”

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Nguyen Khac Huy also called for a boycott: “Boycott United!!! This is excessive! Let’s be loving and united, Vietnamese people!”

“You cannot beat someone up then just say I’m sorry,” a reader of news website Dai Ky Nguyen wrote. “The man is old so the airlines don’t appear at all human. They are also so greedy.”

Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines was earlier criticized after his official statement on Monday described the victim as “disruptive and belligerent.” He also said the action was an effort to “re-accommodate” passengers.

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He has since issued a second public apology, calling the incident “truly horrific” after the company’s share prices plunged on Tuesday.

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