Saturday, April 29, 2017

Head of Chicago Airport Security Fired; No Reason Given

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Chicago IL April 29 2017 The head of security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been fired.
O'Hare is where a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight by airport security this month, but Thursday's announcement by the Department of Aviation simply states Jeffrey Redding "has been terminated from his duties" at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.
Redding was embroiled in controversy after a published report he was fired from a previous job for sexual harassment. The Chicago Tribune reported Redding hadn't disclosed the circumstances for his 2015 dismissal. Redding wasn't immediately available for comment.
Redding went before Chicago City Council on April 13 to explain the actions of airport security in removing physician David Dao from the United flight.
Dao refused to give up his seat to a crew member.
Redding was overseeing the investigation into the forcible removal of 69-year-old physician David Dao from the United plane by three of his officers April 9.
Dao has agreed this week to an undisclosed settlement with the airline. Dao's lawyer said Thursday that the settlement averts any lawsuit against Chicago officials.
Separately, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that Redding was fired from his previous job for sexual harassment in 2015.

Redding wasn't immediately available for comment late Thursday.

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