Lawyer of dragged United passenger representing mother in American Airlines incident

Lawyer of dragged United passenger representing mother in American Airlines incident
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The lawyer for a man who was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight is now representing the mother involved in a separate incident on American Airlines over the weekend.

Tom Demetrio, a Chicago-based personal injury lawyer, said early Monday on NBC's “Today" show that he was contacted by the female passenger.

An American Airlines flight attendant allegedly hit the woman with a stroller and nearly struck her child while forcibly removing the stroller from her on Friday. 


A video after the alleged altercation took place shows the distraught woman in tears and carrying her infant at the front of the plane, before another passenger stands up and confronts the flight attendant over the incident.

The flight attendant in question has been suspended while American Airlines investigates the incident.

"We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident," the airline said in a statement.

The woman chose to take another flight and was upgraded to first class, according American.

The incident aboard the American flight comes as United faces heightened scrutiny for an incident earlier this month when a passenger was forcibly dragged off a flight after he refused to give up his seat to an airline employee. 

The episode caused an uproar over flight crews' treatment of passengers and airlines' overbooking policies.

The 69-year-old passenger in that incident suffered a significant concussion and broken nose, and will need to undergo reconstructive surgery, his lawyer said. 

Demetrio said that both incidents show “why we need more fairness and dignity.”