Airlines and airports are stepping up security forward of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration subsequent week. The measures come within the wake of final week's violent pro-Trump riot on the U.S. Capitol, an FBI warning about the opportunity of armed protests and a collection of politically motivated disturbances on flights and at airports.
"Reagan National and Dulles International, are operating normally, and passengers can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence from now through next week's presidential inauguration," mentioned Christina Saull, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the three largest airports within the area, additionally mentioned it’s growing police presence there.
United Airlines is growing staffing at Washington D.C.-area airports, together with its Dulles, Va., hub and crews will in a single day at airport resorts, away from the town middle, via Jan. 21, mentioned spokeswoman Leslie Scott. The Chicago-based airline is working with native and federal regulation enforcement to find out if different crew lodging adjustments are wanted, akin to within the case of demonstrations in state capitals, Scott mentioned.
American Airlines can also be planning to ramp up security measures forward of the inauguration. The Fort Worth-Texas primarily based airline final week had elevated airport staffing and suspended alcohol service on flights out and in of the D.C. space in addition to transferring crews to airport resorts.
Airline labor unions have expressed security issues after a number of incidents on board during the last eight days. Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney was heckled and referred to as a traitor on a Washington D.C.-bound Delta flight. On an American Airlines flight final week passenger projected Trump 2020 on the wall of a dimmed cabin as vacationers bought right into a heated political argument, shouting and cursing at one another.
Alaska Airlines on Friday mentioned it banned 14 passengers from a flight from Washington to Seattle after they refused to put on masks, a requirement for air journey through the pandemic, and have been "rowdy, argumentative and harassed our crew members," spokesman Ray Lane mentioned. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson on Saturday promised stiff penalties together with fines of up to $35,000 for unruly passenger habits.
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