United controversy inspires SF ordinance keeping city out of big business

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco is taking the first steps to prevent police from removing passengers from planes.

VIDEO: United passenger dragged off overbooked flight at O'Hare; officer placed on leave

This comes as the CEO of United Airlines gets ready to sit down with Good Morning America for an exclusive interview.

The outrage is spreading across the country. A letter was sent to the transportation secretary to try to get airlines to stop overbooking flights.

And the Reverend Jesse Jackson plans to lead a protest at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday, where the incident went down in Chicago.

On Sunday, Doctor David Dao was forcibly pulled from his United Airlines seat by Chicago Aviation Security officers to make room for crew members.

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"I don't think our police department should be cooperating with that," said San Francisco City Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.

Sheehy asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance Tuesday that would prevent SFPD officers who patrol SFO from forcefully pulling passengers off a flight because of overbooking.

"This bad business policy is not something that our police department should participate in enforcing," Sheehy added.

An about face from United's CEO who first referred to Dao as, "disruptive and belligerent," now says, "No one should ever be mistreated this way."

Bleeding, Dao insisted he needed to return to Kentucky to see patients. "I need to go home," Dao is heard saying on the video. "I need to go home."

"Airlines are easy to hate but hard to leave," said travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt.

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He's sure United will come out okay in the end. "I don't foresee any long-term damage financially or otherwise to the airline," Harteveldt told ABC7 News. "Short term, they've got a real problem with their image."
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