A San Francisco city supervisor is asking the city attorney's office to begin drafting a new ordinance that would make it illegal for city law enforcement officers to go onto to an airplane to remove a passenger refusing to get off. The request comes just days after the world witnessed that now viral video of a doctor being forcibly dragged off a plane in Chicago to make room for a flight crew trying to get to Louisville.
San Francisco city supervisor Jeff Sheehy advocated for the new ordinance Tuesday, saying the amount of force used against the man in Chicago was "appalling," KNTV-TV reported. The proposal would make the use of force against passengers illegal at San Francisco International Airport.
"I don't think our law enforcement officials should be spending their time helping an airline enforce a dumb rule and enforce their business failure," Sheehy said, according to KGO-TV. "I don't think our police department should be cooperating with that."
The man at the center of the controversy on the flight from Chicago to Louisville, Dr. David Dao, was seen being pulled off his plane after no one volunteered to take another flight in order to make room for United Airlines flight attendants trying to get to Louisville for another flight.
A Chicago aviation officer dragged Dao off the aircraft, as Dao's glasses slid down his face, which was later bloodied.
The Chicago officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has apologized — twice.
"Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard. No one should ever be treated this way," Munoz said.
Dao was being treated for his injuries at a Chicago hospital. He has also hired two attorneys.
Munoz vowed Tuesday to "fix what's broken so this never happens again."