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Delta to increase security after US Capitol attack

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Delta Air Lines is taking additional security measures and expects more names to be added to the federal no-fly list following last week. attack on the US Capitol, said CEO Ed Bastian.

U.S. airlines, their employees, federal agencies and lawmakers grapple with aviation safety in the wake of the Jan.6 attack, and there have been numerous reports of Trump supporters causing disruption on flights and at airports as they traveled to and from Washington.

Delta has more than 800 names on an internal list of people banned from its planes, either for refusing to wear a mask as it has mandated to help curb the spread of Covid-19, or for other disruptive behavior. Some, although “not a large number,” have been added since last week, said Deltathe president of Glen Hauenstein.

Starting this weekend, the Atlanta-based airline is also planning to bar passengers flying to Washington from registering a firearm, unless they belong to law enforcement, Bastian said.

The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration is investigating those involved in the riot, the Delta chief said Thursday. The list of people banned from flying on any U.S. airline – a counterterrorism measure established after the September 11, 2001 attacks – is likely to grow longer based on the agency’s review of the destructive sweep in the United States. Congress rooms.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it “had seen a worrying increase in incidents” which “resulted from both the refusal of passengers to wear masks and the recent violence on the United States Capitol.”

Steve Dickson, Head of LITTLE, on Wednesday signed an order directing airlines to skip warnings for unruly passengers and go straight to law enforcement, with maximum penalties, including a fine of $ 35,000 and jail time . The order, welcomed by the Airlines for America business group, is in effect until March 30.

“The plane is the safest form of transport, and I signed this order to make it so,” he said.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the US Senate, on Tuesday called on the FBI to add the names of participants in the Capitol riot to the federal no-fly list. There were several reports of unrest in the days leading up to and following the assault – on a flight from Texas, a social media video showed an individual Trump images projection on the roof of a dark cabin, lowering the passengers in shouts and threats.

Sara Nelson, president of the largest union of flight attendants in the United States, denounced “the crowd mentality” on the flight from Texas.

“Our first priority in aviation safety and security is to keep any problems on the ground,” she said.

The CEO of Delta told the Financial Times in a separate interview that he was “horrified” by the riot, to see “democracy and the rule of law all under attack, [and] to be encouraged by our president in office ”.

Last week, United Airlines moved flight crews out of downtown Washington hotels during the unrest. United have banned 615 passengers for failing to adhere to their mask policy since its implementation last year, including 60 in the past week.

“We appreciate the FAA’s attention and swift action on this important issue to further ensure the safety of our crews and passengers,” United said.

American Airlines declined to say how many passengers it had banned for failing to follow its face mask policy.


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