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Security incident reported on Christie’s Boston-bound plane

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.Joe Raedle/Getty Images/File

A passenger was removed from a Boston-bound plane carrying Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Friday morning in San Francisco, the New Jersey governor’s campaign staff said.

Christie’s campaign described the episode, which occurred at San Francisco International Airport:

“Governor Christie, an aide and a member of his security detail were traveling on a United flight from San Francisco to Boston this morning when a passenger was removed from the plane before takeoff at the request of United Airlines,” the statement said.

“At no point did Governor Christie interact with this passenger nor did this passenger pose a verbal or physical threat to the Governor.”


A United spokesman said in a statement that the flight left “just over five hours late, following a delay that resulted from a passenger not complying with crew member instructions.”

There was no immediate word on the identity of the passenger or any possible charges.

James Pindell of the Globe staff contributed to this report.