A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent screens an airline passenger at O’Hare International Airport on October 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Delta Air Lines passengers will not allow airports serving the Washington metropolitan area to check firearms on flights prior to the inauguration of presidential election Joden, CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday.
The new policy, which begins this weekend and runs through the following week, comes after last week’s deadly pro-Trump riots in the US Capitol and politics-driven disturbances at flights and airports. Law enforcement authorized to carry firearms will be exempt.
In an interview on “Scwatch Box” Bastian said, “We are on high alert in Washington based on events that have been going on for the past few weeks.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it would take a zero tolerance policy for passengers who are unregistered or interfere with flight crew duties, with a fine of $ 35,000.
Airlines, airports and hotels are beefing up security ahead of Wednesday’s opening. Many airports said they would add more police, while airlines are increasing staff and booking crew overnight at airport hotels. American Airlines said late Wednesday that it would curb liquor sales for DC flights.