City official wants to keep police out of airline strife

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor has asked the city to draft legislation preventing police from removing passengers from commercial airplanes that overbook seats.

San Francisco police provide security at San Francisco International Airport in most areas.

The request comes after a widely-circulated video of a passenger being dragged off a United Express flight by airport police in Chicago prompted an apology by the company's CEO.

KCBS reports that Supervisor Jeff Sheehy on Tuesday asked the city attorney's office to draft the legislation.

San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak declined comment on the proposed legislation.

Andraychak noted that officers called out to a situation on an aircraft would usually interview involved parties and "try to mediate a resolution" where possible.


Information from: KCBS-AM.

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