Chicago Police take lead in airport disturbance calls – Transportation News

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12 July 2017 | 8:02 pm

(AP) — Chicago’s aviation department says police officers will now take the lead role in responding to disturbances at the city’s two airports, a change made in light of an April incident in which airport security officers dragged a passenger from a packed flight.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans told the Chicago Tribune that aviation security officers won’t change very much and that they will continue to do things like monitor restricted areas at the city’s two major airports.

But she says the word “police” will also be removed from the uniforms aviation security officers’ uniforms and vehicles, so as not to confuse the public.

The forcible removal of David Dao, a Kentucky doctor, from the United Airlines flight out of O’Hare International Airport was captured on video and sparked widespread outrage.

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