Security Chief at O’Hare Terminated in Wake of United Incident

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 May 2017
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American aircraft at O'Hare

American aircraft at O’Hare

The official who oversaw airport security as head of the Chicago Department of Aviation at O’Hare International Airport at the time Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on April 9 has been terminated, albeit for reasons unrelated to that incident.

Jeffry Redding was fired shortly after the Chicago Tribune reported that he had been fired as head of toll operations at the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority in 2015 after allegations of sexual harassment became known. Redding told the Tribune that the relationship had been “consensual” and denied any allegations of impropriety.

Redding assumed the position of chief of security at O’Hare in February 2016.

Redding’s termination occurred on the same day that Dr. David Dao reached a settlement with United for the April 9 incident.  Meanwhile, three aviation officers remain on paid leave pending an investigation into the April 9 incident.

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