American stops serving alcohol on DC flights as airlines tighten security measures after riots
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday they were working with law enforcement and airport agencies in the Washington area to keep travelers and workers safe after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol.
American has also increased its staff at Washington area airports “as a precaution” and will not serve alcohol on flights to and from the region, a spokesperson said.
The comment follows reports of unruly passengers on flights to the DC area on Tuesday ahead of the disruption at the Capitol, raising concerns over their departure from the area.
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA representing workers at 17 airlines, including United Airlines, said protesters should not be allowed to leave the Washington area on commercial flights after demonstrating a ” crowd mentality behavior “on flights to the area.
“The crowd mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the DC area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of everyone on board,” she said in a statement.
“Actions against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of theft,” she said.
United did not immediately comment.
The Transportation Security Administration, which has authority over travel security in the United States, said it was “always on high alert” and had “multiple layers of security in place.” He declined to provide details for security reasons.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in hopes of reversing his electoral defeat, forcing Congress to postpone a session that would have certified the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
US Travel Association chief Roger Dow condemned the disruption on Capitol Hill.
“The behavior we are witnessing has no place in any peaceful democracy, let alone in the country that is supposed to be the prime example of democratic principles,” Dow said in a statement.
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