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Woman told to check carry-on bag held in attack on LAX police officer

June 24, 2010 |  7:01 pm

A Los Angeles Airport Police officer suffered minor injuries Thursday while attempting to remove a woman from a Frontier Airlines flight after she became angry over being told that she had to check an oversized carry-on bag, authorities said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was booked at the LAPD's 77th Street Division jail on suspicion of battery on a peace officer, Los Angeles World Airports Police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said. The officer was treated and released at a hospital for scratches to his neck and face.

The incident unfolded about 3:30 p.m. when a flight attendant asked the woman to check her carry-on bag into the plane's luggage compartment.

"She became irate," Nettles said.

"When we arrived she was already sitting in her seat and refused to exit the aircraft," Nettles said. "Airport Police removed her and in doing so the officer suffered minor injuries."

Nettles said it was rare for Airport Police to be called about passengers who refuse to check their baggage when they are asked.

"They may fuss about it but people are usually very cooperative," Nettles said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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