US Airlines Ban Gun Check-ins as Biden Inauguration Nears

Delta, United, American, Southwest, Frontier, Spirit, and Alaska Airlines have banned checking in firearms on flights to DC ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Delta, United, American, Southwest, Frontier, Spirit, and Alaska Airlines have banned checking in firearms on flights to DC ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The increased security was in response to the  Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and only law enforcement officials would be exempted from the rule.

“We’re all on high alert based on the events over the last couple of weeks up in Washington,” said Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian.

Aside from the gun ban, American Airlines added that it will stop serving alcohol on flights to and from the Washington area.

Alaska said it also planned to reduce the number of tickets that they would sell flights to and from the D.C. metro area to support law enforcement calls to avoid travel to the area. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will be more stern on its rules regarding interfering with or assaulting airline crew members or other passengers. 

The FAA said that no warning will be issued and penalties would be immediately sanctioned. 

FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson said many cases were reported after the Capitol insurrection last week. 


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