Delta won’t allow DC-bound passengers to check guns ahead of Biden’s inauguration

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent displays an airline passenger at O’Hare Worldwide Airport on October 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Delta Air Traces could also honest no longer enable vacationers flying to the airports serving the Washington metropolitan situation to take a look at firearms on flights old to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday.

The new policy, which starts this weekend and runs via subsequent week, comes after closing week’s deadly professional-Trump riot on the U.S. Capitol and a spate of politically motivated disturbances on flights and at airports. Legislation enforcement licensed to assist firearms will doubtless be exempt.

“We’re all on high alert based mostly on the occasions over the closing couple of weeks in Washington,” Bastian said in an interview on “Negate Field.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday this could increasingly perchance also honest eradicate a nil tolerance policy for vacationers who’re unruly or interfere with flight crew responsibilities, fining them up to $35,000.

Airlines, airports and lodges are ramping up security old to Wednesday’s inauguration. Several airports said they are going so as to add extra police, whereas airways are growing staffing and booking overnighting crews at airport lodges. American Airlines said slack Wednesday this could increasingly perchance also honest hunch alcohol sales for D.C. flights.