File this one under the category of “duh!” A number of large U.S. Airlines said they are not going to allow passengers who are flying into Washington, D.C., to check firearms.
That one seems a little bit obvious, but comforting nonetheless, since Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on January 20 and we’re just over a week removed from mass chaos in Washington when rioters stormed the Capitol.
Leave your gun at home if you are flying on Alaska Airlines, Delta, United or American Airlines, as the new policy starts this weekend and runs through net week. Airports in the area are adding additional security in anticipation of potential violence once again, and American Airlines said it will suspend alcohol sales for D.C. flights and provided transportation for their crews to and from the airports.
Tensions are high as it pertains to travel, and the FAA acted on Thursday by implementing a “zero tolerance” policy for unruly travelers. Violations will earn fines up to $35,000 and prison time.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian pretty much summed up the feelings of everyone in the airline business when he told CNBC “we’re all on high alert based on the events over the last couple of weeks in Washington.”
Delta said it banned travelers who were seen in a viral video harassing Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, and overall the airline has banned almost 900 travelers for failure to comply with mask requirements.