Washington closes, Delta bans guns in front of DC inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington locks in for the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden, Delta Air Lines imposed new restrictions on passengers in the US capital on Thursday, while Democrats swore in on January 20 Also warned of possible political violence.

FILE PHOTO: Flowers were planted in security fencing around the US Capitol after supporters of the Capitol in Washington instigated President Trump. REUTERS / Erin Scott

Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said on Thursday that Delta would not allow passengers visiting airports in the Washington area to test firearms in their flights before the inauguration.

The US Capitol storms were followed last week by supporters of President Donald Trump and by disturbances on flights and at airports. Authorities have warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 states.

Hotels, airlines and other businesses increased security as officials planned to deploy at least 20,000 National Guard troops to the city.

“We are in Washington on high alert based on the events that have been going on for the past few weeks,” Bastian told CNBC. He said Reuters had placed its airline on a no-fly list to involve passengers in disruptive incidents, for example, targeting Republican US Senator Mitt Romney.

In Washington, the perimeter of a high fence around the Capitol was pushed out to include the US Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. The surrounding roads were closed, and some businesses said they would be closed.

US Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA case officer with a background in terrorism, warned of possible political violence after the inauguration.

“We’re definitely preparing for those possible outcomes this weekend and inauguration, but it doesn’t end there,” she told CNN.

The National Park Service said that it was yet to decide whether to close the National Mall running from the Capitol to Lincoln Memorial.

The park service closed the Washington Monument for tourism and Mayor Muriel Bower asked visitors to stay away from the city.

Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, was expected to speak at a brief brief on inaugural security at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters on Thursday.

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to impeach Trump on impeachment allegations, as his supporters created uproar against the Capitol, leaving five people, following a speech by the Republican president, reiterating his false claim that Biden, a Democrat, defeated him due to widespread fraud. .

The storm of the Capitol is being investigated by federal authorities, who have arrested dozens of people so far.

More than 30 House Democrats, including Spanberger and U.S. Rep. Mickey Sherrill, have asked the acting House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and the acting chief of the Capitol Police about visitor logs, videos and others that were in the building that day. .

Sheryl, who has accused Republicans of inciting Trump’s mob, said she saw allies leading groups on a “reconnaissance” tour of the Capitol the day before the Jan. 6 attack.

Reporting in Washington by Donna Chiaku, Susan Heave, David Shepherdson, Tracy Rukinski; Editing by Heather Timmons and Howard Goller


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