Airways are stepping up safety and banning passengers from checking weapons on flights to Washington-area airports earlier than subsequent week’s presidential inauguration.
WASHINGTON — Delta, United, Alaska and American Airways say they may prohibit passengers flying to the Washington metropolitan space from placing firearms of their checked baggage on flights forward of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The brand new restrictions come within the wake of final week’s lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters. The FBI has warned that armed protests are being deliberate in most state capitals and within the nation’s capital for the times main as much as the inauguration.
Delta was the primary to announce its ban Thursday morning. United, Alaska and American Airways all adopted swimsuit all through the day.
Every airline mentioned their bans on checking weapons for flights to Washington-area airports begins Saturday and runs by means of Saturday, Jan. 23.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian advised CNBC that “we’re all on excessive alert primarily based on the occasions over the past couple of weeks in Washington.”
Delta’s coverage covers flights going into Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport (DCA), Baltimore/Washington Worldwide Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Dulles Worldwide Airport (IAD,) and Richmond Worldwide Airport (RIC).
The Federal Aviation Administration has mentioned it’s stepping up enforcement in opposition to unruly airline passengers after incidents on flights to and from Washington, D.C., across the time of the U.S. Capitol riot.
The FAA mentioned unruly passengers will now not simply get warnings. As an alternative, it would launch authorized enforcement that may contains fines as much as $35,000 and jail time for passengers who assault or threaten airline crews or different passengers.
The pinnacle of the larges U.S. flight attendants’ union praised the FAA’s new coverage.
American Airways can also be bringing again a ban on serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington space — flights go dry beginning Saturday by means of subsequent Thursday. A number of airways are transferring crews out of downtown Washington accommodations for his or her security.
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The Related Press contributed to this report