Man claims employee struck him on Dubai to Chicago flight


A man traveling to Chicago from Dubai alleges he was struck by a flight attendant aboard a United Emirates flight last week.

The alleged incident occurred Jan. 23 while David Ukesone, 74, was traveling to Chicago after leaving Nigeria.

His family said his wife and son already lived in the United States and he wanted to be with them.

“Do you want to ask me what happened? I don't know,” said Ukesone, speaking with media Sunday evening.

His speech did not come easy, and it appeared he also could not walk without being assisted.               

With bruises and scars on his wrists and ankles, Ukesone said he was tied and bound.

“I don't know where to start because they beat me everywhere, and my eyes. Now I cannot even stand properly,” he said.

Ukesone was flying to his family after getting a green card, according to family attorney Alex Ogoke. Ogoke said Ukesone got up, during the flight, to use the restroom. However, after returning, he sat in the incorrect seat.

Ogoke said that’s when an employee of the airline struck Ukesone and tied him down when he asked questions, even dragging him through the aisle at one point.

“The doctors report is consistent with a rope being tied and assault. As a matter of fact, he's still disoriented,” Ogoke said.

Ogoke said Ukosone was “held down for eight hours, beaten up(and) mistreated. Couldn't even eat. They tied his mouth,” he said.

The airline, in a statement, only confirms Ukesone was “restrained” by cabin crew, calling him “unruly.”               

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will only confirm they received a call about an “unruly” passenger that was causing a “disturbance.”

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