Weeks after aviation officers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) provoked public outrage by forcibly removing a passenger from a United Airlines flight bound for Kentucky, Chicago’s aviation security supervisor Jeffrey Redding has been fired. Redding served as supervisor at ORD and Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago’s other major commercial airport. Aviation commissioner Kevin Zator will oversee security operations at the two airports until a replacement is found.
“Jeffrey Redding has been terminated from his duties at the Chicago Department of Aviation,” said aviation spokesperson Lauren Huffman.
Redding was fired on the same day that United settled with David Dao, the passenger that was dragged from the United flight from ORD to Louisville International Airport (SDF). Redding was a critical part of the investigation into the incident.
Redding was, however, terminated for reasons besides the United incident. A large factor in his release is a report published by the Chicago Tribune that describes claims of alleged sexual harassment against Redding in 2015 while he worked with the Illinois Tollway. Redding was fired, in large part, for not coming clean about these claims during his interview with the Chicago Department of Aviation.
“Jeffrey Redding was let go by the city Thursday for allegedly misleading officials about why he was fired from the Illinois Tollway,” said Chicago Patch writer Joe Vince.
To date, Redding hasn’t released any comment on his termination.
Redding has served as a public officer for over 30 years. He served as a police officer for 20 years starting in 1986, before being hired by the Illinois Tollway. He starting working for the Chicago Aviation Department in 2016.
To read a full article on the United Airlines incident involving Mr. Dao, follow the link below.