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Airlines beefing up security on Washington flights in wake of Capitol riots, in-flight incidents

  • January 07, 2021

in-flight tussles emerged on flights into Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. And after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, they aren’t taking any chances on what might unfold as the election protesters fly home.

American Airlines has increased staffing at the three D.C.-area airports – Reagan National and Dulles International in Virginia and Baltimore Washington International in Maryland – and is halting liquor sales on flights to and from the airports, spokesman Curtis Blessing said.

“At American, safety is our highest priority,” the airline said in a statement. “We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air.”

Mitt Romney was heckled at the Salt Lake City airport and on a Delta flight Tuesday. In another, Trump supporters accused other passengers of threatening them on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Washington

“Our first priority in aviation safety and security is to keep any problems on the ground. Some of the people who traveled in our planes yesterday participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today,” union president Sara Nelson said in a press release. “Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area. Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.” 

flout mask requirements.

One protester headed from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday was removed from an American Airlines flight over mask issues.

Contributing: Ryan Miller 

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