Embattled United CEO received US$18.7m in 2016 compensation

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United Airlines said Friday, April 21, 2017, that its CEO Munoz won't add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned, as fallout continues from the violent removal of a passenger from a plane this month. Munoz has opted to leave "future determinations related to the Chairman position to the discretion of the Board", United said in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

It said a prior employment agreement with Mr Munoz had been reversed, so he would not become chairman of the board in 2018.

That design "is a means to ensure that Mr. Munoz is able to more exclusively focus on his role as Chief Executive Officer", it added.

United also said Friday that Munoz received $18.7 million in compensation a year ago.

Law enforcement officials dragged Dr Dao off a flight departing from Chicago for Louisville, Kentucky, because it was fully booked, and the airline wanted four passengers to make way for staff members.

But United said on Friday in a securities filing that management and the board "take recent events extremely seriously" and will link executive bonuses partly to "improving the customer experience".

Mr Munoz was heavily criticised and faced calls to resign after passenger Dr David Dao two lost teeth and a broken nose as he was dragged from the plane in Chicago on 9 April. Munoz later apologized repeatedly for United's handling of the situation. Former Air Canada CEO Robert Milton is now the non-executive chairman of United's board.

The incident is under investigation by Congress and the Transportation Department.

Lawyers for the passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight to make way for crew have filed an emergency court request for the airline to "preserve and protect" evidence.

"We are in the process of gathering the full set of facts about this incident and finalising a thorough review of our policy", he wrote.

Dao's forceful removal by three aviation officers, who yanked him from his seat and dragged him bloodied through the aisle, was captured on now-viral video by fellow passengers.

"We look forward to sharing the full results of this ongoing review and the immediate, concrete actions we will take to better serve our customers with the committee". He was hired as CEO from outside the company after its former chief, Jeff Smisek, was forced to resign due to a scandal involving the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.

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