United CEO Oscar Munoz has issued another apology for the forceful removal of a passenger from one of his company’s planes that has resulted in the airline’s tanking profile on the stock market.
On Tuesday, Munoz called the incident, which was recorded on cell phone video and posted for all the world to see, “truly horrific,” adding that he “continues to be disturbed” by what happened.
He posted his message on Twitter with the headline: “I’m sorry. We will fix this.”
The passenger, Dr. David Dao, 69, was knocked unconscious and dragged down the aisles after refusing to give up his seat for a United employee on the flight leaving Chicago bound for Louisville, Ky.
“I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right,” Munoz said.
The security officer seen dragging the doctor down the aisle has been suspended in the wake of the incident.
Munoz’s apology comes as United saw their stock fall four percent on Tuesday while ensuing backlash from the video has reportedly led to the airline losing nearly a billion dollars in total value.
In the letter, he additionally praised the plane’s crew for going “above and beyond.”
Munoz said crew members “were left with no choice but to call Chicago Aviation Security Officers to assist in removing the customer from the flight.”
He added: “I emphatically stand behind all of you.”
The email had sparked new backlash about the CEO’s handling of the situation.
“They need to view this as if this were a crash and you are going to see the survivors,” Crisis Management expert Richard Lovick told Inside Edition. “You need to treat them the same way with that kind of care, not blame them.”
As the company tries to fix the situation, Jimmy Kimmel found ways to make it a punchline on his show Monday night, creating a mock United ad where a crew member warns passengers.
“Give us a problem and we’ll drag your ass off the plane!” the brass knuckle-wielding staffer says in the commercial.