January 15, 2021
Delta Air Lines won’t allow travelers flying to the airports serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to check their firearms on flights ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday, January 14.
The policy, which starts this weekend and runs through next week, follows the January 6 deadly pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; as well as a spate of politically motivated disturbances on flights and at airports, reports NBC News. Law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry firearms will be exempt.
“We’re all on high alert based on the events over the last couple of weeks in Washington,” Bastian said in an interview on CNBC’s early morning show, “Squawk Box.”
Airlines, airports, and hotels are ramping up security ahead of the inauguration. Several airports said they will add more police, while airlines are increasing staffing and booking overnighting crews at airport hotels. American Airlines said late Wednesday it will suspend alcohol sales for D.C. flights.
In addition to the firearms restrictions, Delta has put 880 people on its no-fly list for not complying with its mask requirements and has banned others from flying with the airline for harassing other passengers or unruly behavior related to the U.S. election results, a spokesman told Reuters.
Last week, supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump heckled Utah Senator Mitt Romney on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Washington. D.C.
Research contact: @NBCNews